This is the first of a 4-part series of the analysis of articles relating to Private Frederick Hodson, who served with the 18th Battalion. 476 days had passed since the enlistment of Private Hodson and the publishing of his letter in the Rushden Echo. Frederick Hodson, a shoemaker from Galt, Ontario, had joined the 18th … Continue reading “A proper exciting time…”
18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* On the night of November 5th[iii], 1917, our “A” Company was rushed into the line to relieve a company of a battalion of the 4th Division, who had been severely mauled and had suffered many casualties. Our own Company was only at half strength with four Officers … Continue reading “Oh, to hell with it.”: Memories of Passchendaele
Private Fred Young wrote a letter on February 15, 1916 relating some of his thoughts and experiences as a member of the 18th Battalion, C.E.F. This may well have been the later Sergeant Fred Young who was to become the “poet laureate” for the 18th Battalion after the war. His poetry and efforts as a … Continue reading An Enthusiastic Shrapnel Slide: Private Young writes a letter full of irony.
A letter from Lieutenant Stuart Cameron Kirkland published in the Aylmer Express, May 24,1917 and edited for clarity: GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF VIMY RIDGE Some of the Sights Encountered Lieut. Stuart C. Kirkland, who is now in England recovering from a wound in his arm received at the battle of Vimy Ridge, writes the following … Continue reading A Letter From a Soldier Who Served During the Vimy Attack: Graphic Description of Vimy Ridge
Corporal Frank Bryant died on November 9, 1917 along with 14 other comrades from the 18th Battalion. They were only a portion of the 45 men of other ranks killed along with a further 6 officers and 60 other ranks wounded and 1 officer and 25 other ranks gassed in Passchendaele. Thus over only 5 … Continue reading “…the most severe conditions possible.”
Place: R. E. Farm [E of Dranutre?] Date: Oct 1 Hour: Very [illegible]: 54321 Pte G. RUSHMERE [Rushmer] shot himself through left heel while cleaning rifle, + 53057 L.Cpl. O’DWYER shot himself through fore [arm?]. Both cases seemed accidental. Place: Date: Oct 2 Hour: Lieut. F. G. Newton in a shocking condition as a result … Continue reading Medical Officer’s Diary of the 18th Battalion: October 1918: October 1915