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Private Papers of Lieutenant Victor Benson Wright ’13

The Private Papers of Lieutenant Victor Benson Wright ’13 form part of the Barrow Collection held in the College Archives.

Susan Hampson (P2002, P2005) wrote “Treasure Trove” in the Winter 2005 issue of Old Times. In the article Ms. Hampson describes a letter from the Wright’s private papers:

The white paper is lined, the handwriting careful and elegant. It is addressed simply: “My own little Helen.” The letter writer is Victor Benson Wright, known as “Benny,” a graduate of Upper Canada College in 1913. It is 1916, and he is 20 years old. He is writing to his younger sister from the front lines in France during the First World War. The letter unfolds with a description of his life overseas: what the soldiers do in their spare time, what he thinks about, what he misses. In places throughout, holes have been neatly snipped from the pages. At  the time, censors removed any mention of location or military activity, lest the letters be intercepted by the enemy. Benny signs off at the end, “Somewhere in France.” He marks Xs and Os beneath his name and then adds one more sentence at the bottom of the page. “I wish they were real ones, Helen,” he says of the symbols for kisses and hugs.

If you would like to make an appointment to view these papers, please contact College Archivist, Jill Spellman.