Behind the Wire 1916

16th Battalion C.E.F. Prisoners of War (Part 2)

Barbed wire, familiar to all soldiers on the Western Front. The barbed wire symbol, in this instance of French origin, was sometimes used by PoW veteran's organizations.

Barbed wire, familiar to all soldiers on the Western Front and elsewhere. The barbed wire symbol, in this instance of French origin, was sometimes used by Prisoners of War veteran’s organizations.

...the enemy opened a heavy bombing attack against the left flank. Sergeant Slessor was wounded and captured – he died three days afterwards. His post was overwhelmed. Only after hard fighting was this onslaught stopped and the block retaken. (Urquhart, The Sixteenth, page 183)

See also Behind the Wire 1915.

(DATES OF CAPTURE IN BOLD)

19 July 1916

Warren, John Henry
Private     130200
Released 12 December 1919

8 October 1916

Balfour, Robert
Private     420377
Died of Wounds as Prisoner of War 12 October 1916
Gunshot wound – head
Held as Prisoner of War at Marcoing, Nord, France
Son of Mr. & Mrs. R. Balfour, Easterbank, Forfar, Scotland
Buried St. Souplet British Cemetery, Nord, France. Age 23

Boyle, Thomas Edward
Private     700073
Died of Wounds as Prisoner of War 21 December 1916
Gunshot wound – back. Also reported as wounded in hip when caught in barbed wire entanglement
Held at Festungs, Koln, Germany
Only son of Thomas H. and Beatrice Boyle, 309 Redwood Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Buried Brussels Town Cemetery, Evere, Belgium. Age 21

Thomas Edward Boyle, Winnipeg Evening Tribune via the Canadian Virtual War Memorial).

Thomas Edward Boyle, Winnipeg Evening Tribune via the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Bradshaw, Blake
Private     420483
Released 15 June 1918

Slessor, George H.
Lance Sergeant     29402
Died of Wounds as Prisoner of War 10 October 1916
No. 11 Platoon
Husband of Mary Slessor, 128 Wellington Road, Aberdeen, Scotland
Buried Porte de Paris Cemetery, Cambrai, France. Age 44

Numbers 11 and 12 platoons early met with misadventure [27 September 1916]. Their guide bore to far to the right. With little warning, they found themselves advancing against a heavily manned German trench, from which fire was opened on them with rifles and machine guns. Fortunately the warning they had received enabled them to retire with few casualties, but with the loss of Sergeant Slessor of Number 11 platoon. Slessor lost his bearings, He wandered into an unoccupied part of the Kenora Trench, where he was found next morning, all by himself, sound asleep with his head pillowed on a dead German. (Ibid, page 179)

Smith, John Albert
Private     700080
Died of Wounds as Prisoner of War 1 November 1916
Brother of Mrs. William Smart, 7 Edgewood Crescent, Toronto, Ontario
Buried Porte de Paris Cemetery, Cambrai, France

John Albert Smith, image from 9th Platoon, C Company, 101st Battalion CEF booklet via the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

John Albert Smith, from 9th Platoon, C Company, 101st Battalion CEF booklet via the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Thomson, Peter Samuel
Private     427353
Released 12 January 1918
Leg amputated

Woodfine, James Moore
Private     105876
Released 26 September 1916
Amputation

8/9 October 1916

Armstrong, Henry Owen
Private     700996
Released 30 November 1918

Bent, George
Private     700398
Released 6 January 1919

Boden, George Henry
Private     129076
Released 15 December 1918

Burt, Frederick Audry
Private     199110
Released 2 December 1918

Cook, James Ray
Private     871467
Released 18 December 1918

Emerson, George Gordon
Private 426941
Released 29 November 1918

Fellows, Alfred
Private     701176
Released 12 December 1916

Foote, George Windsor
Private     488802
Released 4 December 1918

Galloway, Robert Neil
Lance Corporal     29445
Released 24 December 1918

Green, Arthur Charles
Private     105339
Released 12 January 1919

Oliver, Alfred
Private     77647
Released 15 December 1918

Ousey, John Percival
Private     700222
Released 12 January 1919

Scherbauk, Peter
Private     417655
Released 12 January 1919

Smith, Reginald Arthur
Private     105554
Released 2 January 1919

Steeds, Leslie Arthur
Private     700170
Released 2 January 1919

Thorp, Gilbert
Private     152705
Released 27 December 1918

Ussher, Noel
Private     420575
Released 8 December 1918

Walker, William Henry
Private     426322
Released 12 January 1919

9 October 1916

Irving, Arthur Beaufin
Lieutenant
Died of Wounds as Prisoner of War 9 October 1916
Son of Paulus H. Milius Irving and Diana Irving, 622 Cook Street, Victoria, British Columbia
Graduate of Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario
Formerly of the Royal Canadian Dragoons
Commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy, France. Age 26

Albert Beaufin Irving, Toronto Star, 4 December 1916 via the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Arthur Beaufin Irving, Toronto Star, 4 December 1916 via the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

List of Prisoners of War (16th Battalion CEF) compiled from:
Wigney, Edward H. “Guests of the Kaiser; Prisoners-of-War of the Canadian Expeditionary force 1915-1918”, (CEF Books, 2008)


About The Author

pferguson
In April 2007 Paul met Casey and Ian Williams of the Paradigm Motion Picture Company in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium when ceremonies were being held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul has worked with Paradigm since 2009 as Producer and Historian. Paul's sensitivity to film was developed at an early age seeing his first films at RCAF Zweibrucken, Germany and Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was amazed by films such as David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Film captivated Paul and he became increasingly interested in storytelling, content development, character, direction, cinematography and soundtracks. At the University of Victoria, Paul studied and compared Japanese and Australian film and became interested in Australian film maker Peter Weir and his film "Gallipoli" (1981). Paul was entranced when he learned Weir had visited the beaches, ridges and ravines of the peninsula. The film "Gallipoli" alone led Paul on many journeys to sites of conflict in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Malta, Hawaii and Gallipoli. It was, however, when Paul watched documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, "The Civil War", that Paul understood how his own experience and insight could be effective and perhaps influential in film-making. Combining his knowledge of Museums and Archives, exhibitions and idea strategies with his film interests would be a natural progression. Paul thinks like a film-maker. His passion for history and storytelling brings to Paradigm an eye (and ear) to the keen and sensitive interests of; content development, the understanding of successful and relational use of collections, imagery and voice. Like Paul's favorite actor, Peter O'Toole, he believes in the adage “To deepen not broaden.” While on this path Paul always remembers his grandmother whose father did not return from the Great War and how his loss shaped her life and how her experience continues to guide him.

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One Response to “Behind the Wire 1916”

  1. pferguson says:

    Behind the Wire 1915 (Part One) of this subject was published January 18, 2016 . An image of Private Richard Siberry’s marker was added at the same time.

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