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Letter from Department of National Defence, to Libero Sauro, December 29, 1940
Letter from Department of National Defence, to Libero Sauro, December 29, 1940.
Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.
While in camp, internees who were under sixty years old did manual labour or vocational work. Manual labour included road repair, chopping wood used for cooking and heating, and maintaining the camp. Vocational work involved trade or professional tasks. Others worked where they were needed. For instance, the camp kitchen was staffed by chefs or cooks as well as others with no experience in food preparation. Internees did not work every day.
Internees were paid twenty-five cents for a day’s work. This money could be used to purchase items from the camp canteen such as toothpaste and cigarettes. Family members were also able to send money for the internees which was credited to their camp accounts. On their release, internees were issued the balance from their accounts.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.
December 29, 1940
Recto: [t-b, l-r]: [printed on paper] IN REPLY PLEASE QUOTE / NO. [dotted line] [typed] I. O. Pwa. P-879-S. [printed on paper] [crest] / CANADA [typed] PBR [printed on paper] Department of National Defence / [dotted line] [typed] Petawawa, Ontario, / 29th December 1940. [printed on paper] 194 [dotted line] [typed] L. Sauro, / 104 Milwood [sic] Road, / Toronto, Ontario. / Dear Sir: / Enclosed find please cheque No 337 in / the amount of &12.82 which is the balance of / your account when released. / Yours truly, [signature in ink] D Ireland [typed] (D. Ireland), 2nd Lieut., / Assistant Adjutant, / Petawawa Internment Camp. [printed on paper] NAT. DEF. B. 448 / 1,600M-7-40 (5853-4-5) / H.Q. 17772-39-767
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