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Postcard - November 19, 1916

Postcard from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, dated November 19, 1916. Sent from Seaford, Sussex, England "To all the folks at home". Postcard has embossed paper edges and embroidery of a dragonfly, reads "It will bring you luck".

Letter - January 14, 1917

Letter from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, dated January 14, 1917. Sent from Seaford, Sussex, England to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver. Private Seidelman reports that he is no longer under quarantine.

Letter - November 19, 1916

Letter from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, dated November 19, 1916. Sent from Seaford, Sussex, England to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver. Private Seidelman writes that he thinks he will be going to London next week. Elsewhere in the letter, Private Seidelman briefly mentions his concern over letters possibly getting "torpedoed on the Atlantic". Letter references another letter talking about a submarine story, which is not contained in the collection.

Letter - December 24, 1916

Letter from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, dated December 24, 1916. Sent from Seaford, Sussex, England to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver. In the letter, Private Seidelman also mentions that he is now being quarantined for fear of measles. Private Seidelman also suggests that the war might be over soon based on information from “Lloyd’s Weekly News”, a London newspaper. Private Seidelman notes as well, that he received a parcel of items from the "University of B.C."

Letter - January 20, 1917

Letter from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, dated January 20, 1917. Sent from Seaford, Sussex, England to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver.

Letter - January 7, 1917

Letter from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, dated January 7, 1917. Sent from Seaford, Sussex, England to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver. In the letter, Private Seidelman mentions an army order prohibiting people from sharing the addresses or movements of soldiers in England with people in neutral countries. (It is assumed that Private Seidelman is still in quarantine)

Letter

Undated condolence letter sent to the Seidelman family on behalf of King George.

Letter - November 29, 1916

Letter from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, dated November 29, 1916. Sent from Seaford, Sussex, England to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver. Letter describes train journey across Eastern Canada. Private Seidelman also writes that it is likely his 196th Western Universities Battalion will disband soon. In another part of the letter, Private Seidelman mentions that he did not end up going to London as suggested in his last letter. Additionally, he gives a description of the town of Seaford and recalls seeing the estate of the Duke of Devonshire, the present Governor-General of Canada.

Letter - December 14, 1916

Letter from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, dated December 14, 1916. Sent from Seaford, Sussex, England to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver. Private Seidelman spends part of the letter describing the differences in food available in England and Canada. He also states that cases of measles have broken out in the camp and as a result some men are being quarantined for 16 days. Private Seidelman adds that his battalion is changing into an Officer's Training Corps.

Private Seidelman's return address is given as:
911849 Pte. E. J. Seidelman
D Company
196th Western Universities Batt., [B.E.F.]
Canadian Contingent
Army P.O.
London, England

Letter - December 31, 1916

Letter from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, dated December 31, 1916. Sent from Seaford, Sussex, England to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver. Private Seidelman writes that he is still in quarantine. In addition, the letter mentions another letter to Harry Dalkin, and Private Seidelman specifically talks about how mail from Europe to North America is censored.