A British Officer's letters sent home to Canada by Lieutenant William Milton Skilling during WW1. Born in Teeswater, Ontario, he served in the Royal Artillery as a Forward Observation Officer in France and Belgium. After the beginning of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), he was invalided on August 14, 1917 to Abbeville then to England. He returned to Germany with the British Army of the Rhine in 1919.
October 12, 1917 The Sir John Ellerman Hospital, St. John’s Lodge, London N.W.
Bill writes to his older sister Mae that the Board has ordered 3 more weeks at Eaton Hall, a convalescent home in Chester, because of deafness in his left ear from gunfire. Bill describes magnificent Eaton Hall which was the residence of the Duke of Westminster.
Eaton Hall in Cheshire from Morris's Country Seats (1880). Image by Alexander Francis Lydon (1836–1917).