A recent move of a family member brought boxes of treasure to go through and a happy discovery was a postcard from 1918 that was written by my great-grandfather, William Nicholls, to his parents and another card to his wife.
Family members tell me he was gassed during the war and moved to the West Coast on the advice of his doctor.
There were actually two postcards of the same picture and they have Engelskirchen written on the front of them.
This he wrote to his wife Ethel on the back of one: “Tell everybody I am getting along fine and cannot tell when I will be home. Wishing it will be soon but no one can tell. It is a fine day, the first one for a long time. I thought it was never going to stop but I think it is all over. We are having some sports on ???, some races and some over stunts. I must close for now.
There is no date on this card but the one to his parents is dated Dec. 30, 1918.
Here is the front of the postcard.
Thanks to M who found these CEF Attestation documents online at Library & Archives Canada (LAC) website and for the Matheson fire plaque .