Soldiers unloading sacks of Canadian mail from a canvas-topped truck. The men are taking the sacks into a building, most likely for sorting. Letters provided soldiers with a vital link to home and the outside world.
The ability of the soldiers to communicate with home was never seriously interrupted during the war; by 1918, the Postal Services, Royal Engineers employed 2,500 men and women, and by 1920 had handled 320,409 tons of letters and parcels for the troops in France and Belgium alone.
Original reads: ‘Canadian mail arriving behind the firing line.’
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