Source: April 1917 War Diary re. Victoria Cross.
PTE. SIFTON WRITES OF HIS TRIP
Pte. Ellis W. Sifton of the second Canadian Contingent, how in England, writes as follows of his trip across the Atlantic to his sisters in Wallacetown:
Mid-Ocean, April 21 — We sailed from Halifax at 6 p.m. I was sick for a time and had the horrible feeling till this morning when I began to enjoy life again. We are proceeding very slowly as we are waiting for the other boats to overtake us. Although this is a new experience it is getting monotonous, as reading material is limited. We are having an hour of physical drill daily. The Northland caught up to-day and is proceeding with us. We are sailing on the Grampian, there being about 1,800 men. The 18th Battalion was the lest to get on board, consequently got the worst of it. I am down as low as we can get in the steerage. The bunks are comfortable, the place is very warm, but the food is not up to the standard. They have given the corporals and lance-corporals the use of one of the second-class dining rooms for recreation purposes.
April 24 — A beautiful day, with a calm sea. I am in charge of the fatigue party, drawing stores from the hold and distributing the same to different pantries in the ship.
Sunday, April 25 — Arose at 6 a.m. : roll call at 10; no church parade but read over service in the Prayer Book. The cruiser Cumberland caught up at 2 p.m. and signaled congratulations and orders to increase speed.
April 26 — Was battalion orderly corporal for the day, but had an easy time. We covered 300 miles the last 24 hours, and are 500 miles from land, which we will be glad to reach and settle down to work. We expect to land on the 28th at Bristol and arrive at Shorncliffe Camp in the afternoon. I am feeling fine.
Newspaper Clipping – From the Dutton Advance for May 20, 1915. Source: CVWM
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