In Memory of

Roland Thomas Reuben Heath

Private

Who Died on November 6, 1917

Age 32

Service Number 105153

Regiment/Unit: 28th (North-west) Battalion

Citation: N/A

Additional Info: Born Nevember 18, 1885 to John Heath, of Wardsville, Ontario. Rolland was a farmer from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan before enlisting in the 68th Battalion there on November 6, 1915. He was wounded in September 1916 during the battle of the Somme near Courcelette andwas sent to England to recover. He returned to the 28th Battalion in April of 1917 and was killed during the Battle of Paschendaele. His body, like so many from that battle, was not recovered.

Honors and Awards: N/A

Burial Information:MENIN GATE (YPRES) MEMORIAL, Belgium, Grave Reference: Panel 18 - 26 - 28

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Rolland left behind a couple of letters to his sisters, Greta and Erie. I want to Thank Guy St-Denis for sharing them and these pictures with me.
April 22, 1917
Somewhere in France

Dear Sister

Hello Greta. I am back in France. I am in the pink with bells on. Well I am at the base for a few days and then up to the line With the best of luck; so my address will be

Pte R Heath No. 106159
28th Battn
CEF France

Well Greta you talk about snow. We only had about six inches of snow this winter & no zero weather. We had no fire & only three blankets & came out fine. This is the best winter I ever put in, so I have no kick. Well Greta that is a pretty country where you are in the summer but it isn't in the winter. Well Greta I was sorry to here (sp) about Uncle Sam but I would not lose any sleep if it had been his neck.

I was glad to here (sp) Uncle Tom is enjoying his self in old Wardsville. How do you get along with your (step)mother? You did not say anything about her. Well cheer up & smile. I know & you know as long as Dad thinks she is all right, why we should worry.

Now Greta Don't you tell them at home I send you any long letters and what I say. You know what Wardsville is like. I am under canvas tonight. Last night I was on the boat so it will be the dugouts next. Wel greta Jack is pretty sore because Ontario went dry but it is a good thing. We have a wet canteen. It opens from 12 to 1 & 6 to 9 so it is not so bad here for beer. You can tell Aunti Dawson I will tell her all about the war when I get back. I have been all over England & up to Edinburgh Scotland for my leave and had a good time there. There is about ten girls to every man here so you se one has to be careful not to get kidnapped. Ashley Hampton was asking about you last winter. I thought Gladys was his only sister. Well tell Erie to take good care of Auntie Dawson & Uncle Tom. Well I guess I will close with love. Hoping to hear from you soon.

I remain your loving Brother

Roll

Somewhere in France
May 3rd, 1917

Hello Erie

I am still going strong and hope this will find everything OK in old Wardsville. Give my best regards to the people in Wardsville. I will close with love from your loving Brother

Roll

xxxoxoox

Letters and images courtesy of, and copyright held by, Guy St-Denis, London, Ontario.

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