Private Frederick John McNulty
These letters are written to one of Fred's sisters, Min. The people he speaks of are Edward, a brother, Herb, his brother in law and husband of Min. Marg and Ann are other sisters. Roy Finch was a cousin. Roy, Ed, and Herb all served overseas, as can be seen through these letters. Fred's father, James, held the long service medal in the 13th regiment, and served in the Welland Canal force. According to anecdotes, he was shorter than Fred.
My Dear Sister,
I'll bet all of you are worrying yourselves these days wondering what has happened to me that I haven't written you a line sooner to let you know that I am O.K. Well Sis we have been so busy that writing was out of the Question altogether. I suppose you have seen in the papers that we have been at it again and say Sis we sure did spill the beans for Fritz this time and yours truly did his little bit as usual and came through it O.K. I managed to capture the odd prisoner and got a nice revolver and cap for a souvenir. See it was funny to see the boys go after souvenirs and there were lots to take them from. I received your welcome letter of July 17th also one from Marg & Ann tell them I will write to them as soon as I can also Dad. I had a letter from him to (sic) glad to hear he is out of the soldiers at last & I hope he stays out but sorry to hear about his broken arm hope it is getting along all right now. I received a letter from Ed and He says his stay in Eng. is about over so I guess he will soon be on his way over well good luck to him and hope I meet him when he arrives. Glad to hear you had a line from Herb he sure was looking good the last time I saw him. Well Sis you haven't moved yet Eh? Well I sent a letter to the new address a while ago and hope you get it O.K. I will send this one there as I think you will be moved by the time it reaches you, Say Sis I am not a kicker but I sure think it is the limit that none of you manage to visit Ollie once in a while (Nough said). Say I'll bet Jim had a nice time at the Falls Eh? I don't blame him for sticking his chest out I know I did the first time I saw them. I hope this reaches you in time for your birthday and I wish you all the luck I would wish for myself may I be there for the next one. I will have to close now Sis as I want to get a hair cut. Hoping to hear from you soon with love and kisses to all and the kiddies. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Your loving Brother
XXXXX Fred XXXXX
Well Sis I suppose being as this is Labour Day you will be taking a trip to see the Exhibition and I sure would like to be there myself, however we will hope for that pleasure next year Eh? We haven't been getting much mail lately so I do not know how you are all keeping but I hope it is as well as this finds me at the present. We sure have been busy with Heimi lately as no doubt you see by the papers and as usual he came out second best (Ha-Ha). I wrote a line to Herb the other day and hope He receives it O.K. have you had a line from him lately and how is he keeping these days pretty busy I guess. I hope you had a nice time on your birthday gee Sis the time does fly Eh? I received a nice money order from Ollie the other day which I am saving for leave which will be coming along soon. You remember Bob Hamil's brother Dick well I had quite a chat with him yesterday and He is looking fine. I am expecting a line from Roy Finch any time now I am anxious to hear how He is getting along You know that gas is No Bon as we say out here. Well Sis how are those boys behaving these days I'll bet Dad and they have a great time Eh? And how is Mother keeping I'll bet she feels a lot easier now that Dad is with you again. I hear eggs are an awful price over there now well I hope mum's chickens are doing their bit these days (ha-ha) Have you had a line from Ed Since He landed here I am waiting to hear from him so that I will know were (sic)to write to as He has no address at present. You knew George Davison didn't you well He is in the same Battery as George Hall and has a pretty good job. I hear Ernie Atkins is cooking in the mess for his Battery some class to him Eh? Well Min news is rather scarce at present so I will close for now hoping to hear form you soon with love and kisses to all and the babes xxxxxxxxxxxx
Your loving Brother