FRIENDS OF MY GRANDFATHER IN THE 3RD BATTALION
One of the items he cherished, probably almost as much as his medals, was a photograph postcard sent to him in 1916 during his incarceration in Munster Prison Camp, of eight of his fellow Non Commissioned Officers in the 3rd Battalione
They are: from the left, back: Company Sergeant Major George Patrick #63912, Killed in Action 06/12/1916; Sergeant Albert Lancey #9575; Sergeant William Jack #9569; Lt. Sgt. Alan Reeve #9485, Killed in Action 27/03/1918 (in RFC as a Lieutenant); middle row from left - Company Sergeant Major Francis Knight #9459, Died of Wounds 19/09/1916; Company Sergeant Major George A. Mote #9389, Died of Wounds 06/02/1917; front row from left - Sergeant Herbert Wiles #9510; Sergeant John A. Newton #426149, Killed in Action 08/10/1916.
We now know that in fact three of the men; Sergeants Wiles, Jack and Lancey, although all severely wounded, in fact survived the war and returned to Canada. I will be entering profiles on these eight brave men in coming weeks.