Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Index to Bill Skilling’s Letters 1916 - 1919

  1. January 31, 1916 Exhibition Armouries, Toronto
  2. March 28 – end of April 1916 on the SS Baltic and in London, England 
  3. August 11, 1916 London, England
  4. August 17, 1916 London, England
  5. September 15, 1916 London, England
  6. October 15, 1916 London England
  7. October 22, 1916 Lark Hill Salisbury, England
  8. November 9, 1916 Lark Hill, Salisbury, England
  9. December 4, 1916 On Leave 16 Cathcart Street, Greenock, Scotland
  10. December 21, 1916 Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
  11. December 25, 1916 Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
  12. January 11, 1917 Somewhere in France Le Havre
  13. February 5, 1917 Somewhere in Belgium
  14. February 13, 1917 Somewhere in Belgium
  15. February 24, 1917 Quiet on the Western Front
  16. March 20, 1917 Somewhere in France
  17. August 10, 1917 Notification Card Sent to Bill’s Father
  18. August 17, 1917 Letter From The War Office
  19. August 22, 1917 Cable to Bill’s Brother Orville Skilling
  20. August 22, 1917 The Sir John Ellerman Hospital
  21. August 28, 1917 The Sir John Ellerman Hospital
  22. September 24, 1917 The Sir John Ellerman Hospital
  23. October 1, 1917 The Sir John Ellerman Hospital
  24. October 12, 1917 The Sir John Ellerman Hospital
  25. October 25, 1917 Eaton Hall, Chester
  26. November 11, 1917 Visiting at Trafford Hall, near Chester
  27. Before Christmas, 1917 Fragment of Letter Home
  28. February 23, 1918 Royal Artillery Mess, Athlone, Ireland
  29. August 4, 1918 The Methodist Manse, Ballinasloe, Ireland
  30. September 15, 1918 Royal Artillery Mess, Athlone, Ireland
  31. October 31, 1918 Royal Artillery Mess, Athlone, Ireland
  32. January 22, 1919 Royal Artillery Mess, Athlone, Ireland
  33. June 1, 1919  53rd Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Army of The Rhine
  34. July 14, 1919 Gronauer School, Berg. Gladbach, Germany
  35. August 25, 1919 Paris Train ( From Lille) and Berg. Gladbach, Germany
  36. October-November 1919  Postcards

Monday, August 22, 2016

Postcards from October - November 1919

Speyer A. Rhein
On the back Bill wrote: "Speyer (French Spires), the capital of the Bavarian Palatinate. The Cathedral was desecrated by the French in 1689. November 1919."

The Cathedral
Speyer, Germany
October 1919 
"It should be November on all the cards of Speyer, but it doesn't matter much."

Speyer A. Rhein
"A beautiful modern church built to commemorate the diet in Speyer at which the name Protestants came into being. October 1919."

Worms a. Rhein
This card was written to his sister Mae in Toronto: "Worms a. Rhein, 3.11.19 Dear Mae, I've often had 'em in me but this is the first time the position has been reversed. (I think he's talking about worms.) It's a lovely old town. Letter in process of construction. Go to Speyer tonight + Strassbourg tomorrow. Love, Bill. Written in Worms but never posted."

Showing the Zeppelin falling to earth at Potter's Bar
October 1st, 1916
Bill writes: "A very good picture. It gives an inkling, if you can imagine at nearly the size of an ocean going steamer. I got this out at the place where they have all the zepp truck on exhibition out in East London."