Adam Murdie Hogg - Part 4


Convalescence at Woodcote Park

Interior of one of the huts in Woodcote Canadian Convalescent Hospital
Interior of one of the huts on Woodcote Canadian Convalescent Hospital
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Adam was to spend five months away from the Battalion whilst recovering. Some of this time would be spent at Woodcote Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Epsom. Whilst he was at Woodcote Park, on 19 January 1918 he wrote a letter to his fiancée Elizabeth Stroyan:
C.C.H. Woodcote Park. Epsom. Jan 19th
My Dear Girl
           I received two more of your very welcome letters dated 15 & 20 of Nov & was glad to hear you were all well at home & enjoying fine weather but I bet it has changed its tune now. I know it has here as it is snow and rain night & day but we are dandy & comfortable & nothing much to do. I think I'll get out about the first week in Feb. don't you wish you were in Scotland then dear. I do but we will have to wait dear. We run a good chance of getting together again awhile & it can't be to soon for me.
     I am glad to hear they are all getting exemptions as I would not like to see any of them over here, its funny how George Perry has to go & a few more there must be some loose business somewhere, has Jim & Willie got a long exemptions & how about Jack.
     I had a parcel from Mrs Redpath it was a dandy & came in very handy. I hope she is improving by now, it is quite a while since she has been up at Elnora isn't it.
     How is Mr Cole this winter I guess he will have to be very careful but the boys will can do all the chores for him as there will be no school. Mrs Kemp seems to be going ahead these days are you having many dances. I should soon be getting letters straight from some of you as it near two months since I wrote from Portsmouth.
     I have been down town tonight to see if I could get your watch fixed but they said it would take five weeks. Lord knows what will happen by then might be back with you by then eh? So I am sending it up to my cousin Bob at Carlisle & he will get it fixed & I will get it when I go up. It is very nice to have good friends all over the show isn't it?
     It was to wet to stay long out tonight town was very quiet nearly as bad as Elnora guess they were all at the shows the fellow I went with beat it for the church I thought I had better come home & write to you & I am glad I did come back as it is just pouring down bet the guy will get a soaking. (thank's to you again) you have saved me all sorts of trouble you would'nt believe it would you but there are all kinds of trouble crops up now & again you know. Hope you are having a good time at home it will keep you all busy. How is your Mother & Bella standing the cold. I know you will enjoy it alright, I'd warm you up with a good scrap if I was there. Gee I would like a good fight with you. You know I never enjoyed anything so much. And that house of your is going to get left when I get Johnnie under way again you know you will have to give me a month or two to practice. I might fall of is there any doctors handy or a sick parade every morning Eh?
     Well dear this is about all the news tonight as it is near bedtime & I have it made down already to jump in we have some awful fights in our hut tiping the beds up after one gets in & all sorts of things so I will say goodnight to you now dear. Hoping this finds you all home well as it leaves me. It is very good of Willie getting you your mail. I hope he got thrashed out alright, you seem to have had a pretty good crop. With best wishes & kindest love to you dear I remain Yours as ever & ever will XX Ed (NOTE: For some reason Adam was known as Ed).
Adam convalescent at Woodcote Park - Click image to enlarge.
Adam convalescent at Woodcote Park - Click image to enlarge. Adam is third
from right, second row back slightly behind two others, 20 January 1918.
D68 is written on the back of the card, probably meaning 'Hut D 68'.

The Camp Kitchens
The Camp Kitchens
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Almeric Paget Massage Corps
Almeric Paget Massage Corps
Image Courtesy of Peter Reed

In another letter from Adam written from Woodcote Park and dated 30 January 1918, Adam wrote: I am getting ready to have drawing kit and what not and cleaning up there is always a lot of dinky work to do guess we won't bother drawing any kits when I get out of the army.
The Canteen
The Canteen
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Physical Training
Physical Training
Image Courtesy of Peter Reed

Adam, restored to health, left Woodcote Park and returned to France, rejoining his battalion on 6 April 1918, at Aubrey Camp at Ecurie.

Interior YMCA Hut Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Epsom
Interior YMCA Hut Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Epsom
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

The War diaries of the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom are held by the Library and Archives Canada

Links to
Part 1 - Scottish Roots and Emigration
Part 2 - Enlistment and Embarkation
Part 3 - Active Service
Part 4 - Convalescence at Woodcote Park
Part 5 - Back to War


Adam Hogg
Adam Hogg
Woodcote Camp
Woodcote Camp
War Memorials
War Memorials
CWGC Epsom
CWGC Epsom
Sgt. Green and the Epsom Riot
Epsom Riot
Soldier's Penny
Soldiers Penny