In a letter to his mother, Mrs. Chas. H. McGee, Peterborough, Gunner William K. McGee, who enlisted and went overseas with the Cobourg Heavy Battery tells of eight Canadians volunteering to give their blood to help save the lives of the seriously wounded, Gunner McGee says, his letter being dated France August 16th, 1918:
Last Wednesday I was helping to put in our gun platform along with the rest of two gun crews. I had hold of the wheel plate, when the others let their part slip, catching my finger. I immediately hiked for the nearest dressing Station, a five minute walk, and had it dressed. They could not inoculate me there, so I had to go on to the main dressing station, fifteen miles from the Battery. I was inoculated and came back in the same ambulance. My finger started to bleed freely so I had it redressed, and then they advised me to go down to a convalescent camp. Well, I went back to the battery and saw my own Major and he told me to go down the line for a few days. I left the Battery soon after supper and arrived at the casualty clearing Station about 2 a.m. The next day the Captain R.A.M.C. came and asked if any of us, that were slightly wounded, could spare a little blood. Eight of us said that we would, so we had our blood tested, and this morning I gave somewhere near a pint. It was the only way of saving some of the serious cases, so I hope the poor fellow that gets mine pulls through O.K. I do not feel any the worse for having lost a little blood, in fact I never notice it.
We are having a dandy time here, nothing to do and lots to eat.
Last night, Fritz was over bombing, I could hear him dropping some piece away from the hospital. What do you think of his ways now? I guess we are winning now alright. Supper is coming so I will have to ring off. Do not worry about me for I am dandy.