Soldiers of the 16th

16th Battalion C.E.F. (Canadian Scottish) Wounded and Invalided

16th Battalion C.E.F. Wounded or Invalided

16th Soldiers in Blighty

I enjoy taking the time to wander through contemporary publications that relate to the Great War. As always you never really know what you will find…and often amongst the many gems there is a bonus article or image specific to our film’s C.E.F. battalion of interest – the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish). Today I share one of these bonuses from the pages of the “Canada Illustrated Weekly“.

It is a fine captioned image and all the soldiers are identified. One can only hope that a family member may happen upon this little blog and think upon their ancestor.

“Officers, Warrant Officers, and Sergeants of the 16th Canadian Scottish Battalion, C.E.F. who, after having been either wounded at the front or invalided to England, are now attached to the 17th Nova Scotia Highland Reserve Battalion, at East Sandling Camp, Shorncliffe, England.”

Many of these 16th veterans will be familiar with the story of Piper James Cleland Richardson V.C. and perhaps some will have known him personally.

The soldiers are identified as: Sitting left to right – C.S.M. Fitzgerald (Winnipeg); Regtl. Sergt.-Major D. Nelson (Vancouver); Lieut. J.H.S. McLure (Victoria, B.C.); Capt. E.N. Gilliat (Vancouver); Capt. G.H. Davis (Vancouver); Lieut. W. McKerrall (Winnipeg); Lieut. E.H. Henry (Vancouver); C.S.M. J.R. Paton (Vancouver).

Middle Row – Sig. Sergt. J.C. Fraser (Vancouver); Sergt. R.W. Cameron (Prince Rupert, B.C.); Sergt. J.C. Cochrane (Hamilton, Ont.); Sergt. W. Harrison (Cranbrook, B.C.); Sergt. G.H. Slessor (Hamilton, Ont.); C.Q.M.S. Dewar (Victoria, B.C.); Sergt.B. Sutherland (Vancouver).

Back Row – Sergt. P.J. Hill (Victoria, B.C.); Sergt. M. Ridge (Winnipeg); Sergt. G.S.S. Playfair (Winnipeg).

Photo by J. Weston & Son, Folkestone, England.

About The Author

Paul has worked with the Paradigm Motion Picture Company since 2009 as producer, historian and research specialist. Paul first met Casey and Ian WIlliams of Paradigm in April 2007 at Ieper (Ypres), Belgium when ceremonies were being held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul's sensitivity to film was developed at an early age seeing his first films at RCAF Zweibrucken, Germany and in Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was further amazed by David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Film captivated Paul and with time 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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