Lester’s Last Letter

Lester Barbour

Son of Edward and Mary
Grandson of Benjamin Barbour
Died March 10th, 1918 in the German counter-offensive at Paschendale Ridge, Belgium


During his 10 months on the front lines in Germany, Lester (age 23) wrote some 70 or so letters to his family back home in Newfoundland. The original of Lester's letters have been donated to the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland. Copies are on display at the Barbour Living Heritage Village in Newtown.

The following is a transcription of Lester's last letter, written to his Mother 6 days before his death.


March 4, 1918

Dear Mother,

I forgot to mention about the dream I had the night before I got your letter telling me about your dream. I may say that I dreamt that I too was home and was in my khaki but it was all dirty and I wanted to put on my civilian clothes. So you went and got my brown clothes for me to put on, and when I got it it was all dusty and you told me not to let Wilhelmina know it as she would be angry as she had charge of the clothes. I thought that I was upstairs and as I looked downstairs, behold I saw people and they were all dressed up and they were spreading the tables with so much nice stuff, and flowers, and everything you could think of, and I said to myself surely gracious this is not for me, there must be a wedding going on but at the time you came along and you said this is all for you my son, and I was so glad that I awoke. And that very same day I had a letter from you telling me about your dream. Is it not strange that we should dream such dreams.

Good night dear Mother, Sweet Dreams!

Your Loving Son,


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