Letter from F. Cockerill, to Mrs. Erminia Bacci, January 29, 1942
Letter from F. Cockerill (Major, Acting Adjutant, for Commandant, Petawawa Internment Camp), to Mrs. Erminia Bacci, January 29, 1942.
This letter provides notice to Erminia Bacci that she is permitted to visit her husband, internee Ruggero Bacci, on February 8, 1942. She is also permitted to bring her two sons. Regulations that govern the visit were enclosed with the letter. The document referenced is most likely LICEA2012.0002.0075.
During the early stages of internment, family visits were prohibited at the camps. As time passed, it does seem that in rare cases, family members travelled to Petawawa for a brief meeting with a husband or father.
Also see LICEA2012.0002.0087 and LICEA2012.0002.0051.
Bacci was interned for almost three years. In his absence, his wife Erminia (Minnie) suffered a serious nervous breakdown and was hospitalized at length. His oldest son Aldo was forced to quit high school to help support the family. When his father was released and returned home, Aldo received notice that he was conscripted into the Canadian Army; however, he did not serve overseas.