Capt. Frederic Thornton “Fritz” Peters wasn’t just a man of action. As evidenced in his letters home and in the quotes below, he was well-read, knowledgeable of history, articulate and had a wry sense of humour.
“ It is not given to every man to be so fortunate as to fight for his country.”
– September 1914
“I have a deep and I hope true love of Canada and perhaps some small idea of its future greatness and an undying firm belief in the absolute need of unity in the Empire.”
“I pray God I fall in the same manner with my face to the enemy.”
– 1916, after the death in battle of his brother Gerald.
“A death in action — surely if we are judged for the vast eternity by this brief mortal span — must be something.”
“There is only one thing — the King and Empire.”
“Death is nothing compared to dishonour.”
“Forget all you saw or heard in the last war. This is hell, but I still have my sword sharpened.”
– after the Battle of Narvik, 1940
“I am probably going to be killed, but it’s worth it.”
– October 1942
“This is my meat. I don’t feel my best until I smell the smoke of battle.”
– steaming towards Oran, Algeria. November 7, 1942