Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, who died during the two World Wars.

Letter from Signaller Bernard Dufficy, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

[Bridgnorth Journal, 11th September, 1915]

We give below a few extracts from a letter received by Mr and Mrs Dufficy, of 40 Whitburn Street, from their son, Signaller Bernard Dufficy, 54th Kootenay Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Perhaps the patriotic feelings expressed by this young Bridgnorthian will be taken to heart by some young fellow who is holding back.

Writing from the military camp at Vernon, B.C., on the 7th August, he says:- "We are doing some pretty hard work. One of our companies leave on the 20th for England, and our company is next. We expect to leave here around the 1st of September for Shorncliffe. Was more than surprised to hear of Eric Burton, Smith and Foxall being killed. It is an awful war, and the sooner it is ended the better. It is our duty to get together and crush the barbaric race that brought it about. The boys here are on pins and needles to get at the Germans. We may never return, but that we must not consider at all. The sons of dear old England must cast in their lot to uphold the rights and freedom of the Empire as they have in past ages. Naturally we would all like to live to see those square-headed murderers crushed beneath the loyal feet of Britain."

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