Blakely, Grant

Rank Able Seaman
Unit # RCNVR

The following letter from Grant to the editor of the Blenheim News-Tribune of 10/02/43 went as follows:

Dear Leonard,

Well Leonard, I suppose will be surprised to hear from me. I have been recieiving your paper alright. It is certainly good to read the paper and to find out where some of my old friends are stationed.

I was glad to hear that my pal Whitney Coulter is safe and sound. It sure hury me badly when I heard that he was missing in the Dieppe Raid.

Say Leonard I wish that you would thank the Rebekah Lodge for the lovely parcel which I received from them. It was some time before I received it, but it sure was appreciated very deeply.

Oh say by the way I have news for you. While on Leave in Montreal in December I was married. The date was December 17 I was married in St. Reme Church on Attawater Street. My wife’s name before our marriage was Miss Helen Leger, daughter of Mr. Leger, who has a whole sale and retail butcher business on St. James Street in Montreal.    Well now I am back again on duty doing my bit for my country.

Well Leonard, I will say cherrio for now.

Yours truly,

Grant Blakely,

HMSC Q 064 N.O.I.C.

Weymouth NS.

Afa: TBD-RH, BFL-B, BNT 22/08/45.

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