Letter from Dr. Duncan Anderson, a medical officer in the Royal Military Rifles, 6th Regiment, to his mother, written during the Boer War, dated June 2, 1900
Paper has been somewhat damaged and Anderson's penmanship is not always neat, making some portions of the letter difficult to decipher
Seems to describe a period in which Anderson was stationed in Cape Town, South Africa; he discusses the hot weather near the equator, the wildlife in the area, the reception of Canadian soldiers, and the quality of local hotels (poor)
Mentions that other doctors had been stationed in South Africa for a year and that these men speculated that the war would continue for sometime (official end to the Second Boer War was marked by the signing of the Peace of Vereeniging two years later)
File contains a letter written by Dr. Duncan Anderson, a Medical Officer in the Royal Military Rifles, 6th Regiment, to his mother during the Boer War, dated January 19, 1901
Anderson describes the landscape opposite the Cape of Good Hope, which he describes as the most southerly point of Africa; this is incorrect (the furthest point south is 150 km. further to the South-East at Cape Agulhas)
Anderson mentions the famous shipwreck of the British HMS Birkenhead off the coast of the Cape of Good Hope, which occurred on the 25th of February, 1852 (likely references this event to convey the heightened dramatic affect of this well-known nautical landmark)
Series consists of correspondence of Robert Marshall Anderson and Donald Hume Anderson with various soldiers from the St. Thomas area who served during the Boer War/South African War (1899-1902), the First World War (1914-1918), and the Second World War (1939-1945).
Much of the Boer War/South African War-era correspondence is between Robert Marshall Anderson and his brothers Archie and Duncan, both of whom served in the conflict, Duncan as a physician in the medical corps, Archie in the infantry. In addition, Robert Marshall Anderson corresponded with some of his employees serving as soldiers in South Africa.
The First World War correspondence features letters to and from an employee of the Anderson Department Store, Warren Andrews, who served with distinction and returned to St. Thomas at war's end with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Correspondents include Robert Marshall Anderson and Anderson Department Store employees E.G. Cooper, Ruby Copeman and Donald McCallum.
Much of the Second World War correspondence consists of letters written to Donald Hume Anderson by Anderson Department Store employees injured while serving as soldiers during the Second World War expressing thanks for care packages sent to them during periods of convalescence. Correspondents include Corporal Carlyle R. Taylor, [Petty Officer?] W. Jack Taylor, Sergeant Thomas W. Hanna, Sergeant E.J. (Ted) Higginbottom, Corporal A.W. Shaw, Private F.E. Lapp, and Doug Keith. Includes stationery and envelopes bearing various military insignia. Series also includes correspondence dated 1945-1946 between Donald Hume Anderson, in his capacity as an officer of the St. Thomas-Elgin Rehabilitation Committee, and various individuals and agencies including the Canadian Department of Veterans Affairs.
Series includes the following files:
Correspondence of Private P.H. Stacey, 1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F1
Correspondence of Duncan Anderson, 1900-1901. C5 Sh5 B1 F2
Correspondence of Archie Anderson, 1899-1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F3
Correspondence of Archie Anderson, 1899-1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F4
Correspondence - Anderson Department Store staff to W.A. Andrews, 1916. C5 Sh5 B1 F5
Correspondence - E.G. Cooper to W.A. Andrews, 1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F6
Correspondence - Donald McCallum to W.A. Andrews, 1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F7