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Return to Story Archive July 16th, 1942 F 77565 Pte. D.E. MacKinnon No 5. Salvage Unit R.C.O.C 3rd Canadian Division Canadian Army Overseas  Dear Mrs. Moses  Just a few words I send to let you know I received your fine letter ok, not very long ago.  I think it dated early in June.  I have not seen any of the Ohio boys since May.  I had a letter from Ted Vickery and one from Merton Cook a week or two ago. Very short ones.  I saw Merton in March. I wish he would come here to see me. He has moved somewhere. I see his address is different but he didn’t say where he was so all I can do is wait and wait and hope. This kind of life is getting wearisome now, not from hard work to be sure, but everything else; however, I suppose it would best to think myself mighty lucky I am not in a worse place.  I wish it were over as well as everyone.  The boys are all dissatisfied . Whole Canadian Army drink a lot to try and be happy for a while.  It sure is a very very pretty country over here and some great farmland in this section far better than I ever saw in my life.  I have never seen Maynard Sweeney yet.  I don’t know where he is at all.  Hope you folks are all well and kindest regards to everyone please  Sincerely Douglas MacKinnon March 25, 1942 F 77565 Pte. D.E. MacKinnon No 5. Salvage Unit R.C.O.C 3rd Canadian Division Canadian Army Overseas Dear Mrs. Moses  I guess it will seem funny to have a letter from me. I never wrote much in my life till I came over her but I am always very glad to hear from anyone at home.  Mrs. Vickery wrote me recently and wanted me to write you. I’m sure I can’t think of much.  I heard you had been sickly this winter. I hope you are better at this time.  I sure I will always remember you people as I went by your house so often and of course remember all the girls you have too. I want to thank you very much for your kindness in sending me those presents with the Red Cross box.  How is John this winter and all the family?  I have been to see Merton Cook several times and Beatrice just sent me a nice box of good things ... her and Mabel together. I have travelled around some ... went to Scotland a few days 1st week of February. Had a nice time . Meet some people there and they used me just wonderful.  All the Canadians say like myself that the Scotch are fine fine people.  I hope to go back again this spring or summer.  Mrs. Vickery sent me Ted’s address and I wrote him the other night.   I have just had Maynard Sweeney’s address a couple weeks and have not had chance yet to look him up.  No idea where he is or Ted either. It’s looking quite a lot like spring now. No sun all winter hardly. Not much snow but damp misty. some wind nothing very bad. Near froze water over a 1/2 inch. I don’t think where I was was anyway. I hope to hear from you soon.  With kindest regards to all.  Sincerely yours Douglas MacKinnon
Pte. Douglas MacKinnon No 5. Salvage Unit R.C.O.C 3rd Canadian Division Letters to Mrs. Moses South Ohio is a small community located in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia.  The following letters were found folded in a wartime scrapbook of Nellie (Moses) MacLellan.   The scrapbook was acquired from Muriel (MacLellan) DesVignes of South Ohio via Susan Winship and was from the family home of Nellie (Moses) MacLellan.
About the No 5. Salvage Unit R.C.O.C 3rd Canadian Division The No. 5 Canadian Salvage Unit RCOC was mobilized  in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in March 1941 and was attached to the 3rd Canadian Division. In World War Two, the RCOC was responsible for supplying the field Army with all manner of stores, with some exceptions.   Ammunition, artillery pieces, and vehicles were RCOC responsibilities; food, medical supplies, some engineering equipment, petrol, oil and lubricants remained outside the control of the RCOC. The RCOC was responsible for the storage and distribution of various stores such as clothing, equipment, beds, blankets, signal equipment, tents, mess equipment, cleaning supplies, engines and spare parts for vehicles, hand and machine tools, binoculars, compasses, and electric generators, to name a few. To provide the proper amount of stores to the Army, provisioning was commenced months in advance, from scales of issue approved by the General Staff.  Contracts let by DND advised manufacturers of the Army's needs.   Once the manufacturers delivered the goods, they went first to Ordnance Depots who received and processed the equipment, then sent it to other, smaller, depots for distribution. The RCOC also ran mobile bath and laundry units, and performed salvage operations.  Retrieving damaged vehicles, kit from personnel casualties, and even recovery of enemy equipment, was an RCOC function as well. source: http://www.canadiansoldiers.com/organization/unitlistingbycorps/rcocorbat.htm
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Pte. Douglas MacKinnon Letters to Mrs. Moses