Item DA 2012.15 - Digital copy of a letter from Preston North

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CA ON00156 DA 2012.15

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Digital copy of a letter from Preston North

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  • 14 September 1939 (Creation)

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(1859-1944)

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Preston John North was born in Brigg, Lincolnshire, England, the child of Frank and Jane North. He married Martha Maria Little in Brigg on 15 June 1884 and the couple had at least eight children. In 1915 North was living in Kingston, Ontario, where he married Chloe Ann Lalond on 19 June. He signed up in Deseronto to serve in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in February 1916, claiming to be 44 (he was 57). He was returned to Canada in 1917 as being over age. North died in Deseronto in September 1944.

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Donated to the Deseronto Archives by Sandra Hooton in October 2012.

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Transferred to the Community Archives in September 2016.

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Letter from Preston North to his daughter, Alice (grandmother of the donor):

Deseronto
Sept 14th 1939

Dear Alice, and all at home,
The war has started
I was glad to get your letter on sept 12th and I did not get any other letters you sent before Christmas. It is a fight to the finish Canada has gone to a finish no fooling this time.
Returning men are going up by the thousands and no turning back. They have got into Warsaw and the women are fighting like tigers.
I am very well but I don't work much only at my own clothes. 3 years war if not more. Hoping to hear from you at any time. Give my best wishes to all.
From your father Preston North
Deseronto Canada xxxx Bye bye

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