Edited by Ross Hebb
What was the First World War really like for Maritimers overseas? In Their Own Words, edited by Ross Hebb, contains the letters home of three Maritimers with distinct wartime experiences: a front-line soldier from Nova Scotia, a nurse from New Brunswick, and a conscripted fisherman from Prince Edward Island. Up until now, these complete sets of handwritten letters have remained with the families who agreed to share them in time for the one-hundredth anniversary of the Great War’s end in 2018. These letters not only give insight into the war, but provide greater understanding of life in rural Maritime communities in the early 1900s.
In Their Own Words includes an introduction and background information on letter writers Eugene A. Poole, Sister Pauline Balloch and Harry Heckbert.
Ross Hebb is a native of Nova Scotia’s South Shore and an eighth-generation descendant of the area’s original Foreign Protestant settlers. Along with volumes on Maritime church history, he has written about the golden age of shipbuilding at St. Martins on the Bay of Fundy. In 2014 he edited the collection Letters Home: Maritimers and the Great War, 1914-1918. Dr. Hebb lives in Fredericton, NB.