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              In memory of Private Patrick RIEL

                  8th Battalion, Winnipeg Rifles

                 Canadian Expeditionary Force

                 A member of the Metis Nation

                          KIA 14 January 1916

                      Berks Cemetery Extension

                              Plot 111 B.39

                                30 plus kills 

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Becstar

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Coldstreamer

Ive never seen a reference to number of kills before accept in the realm of pilots. 

can you elaborate on this and the source of the info ?

cheers

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laughton

He was a famous Canadian Sniper. Not sure about the number - more likely 22 or 23 but the newspaper says 29.

 

Here are some reliable links:

His casualty report states: "While on duty in the front line trenches at Ploegsteert on the afternoon of January 14th, 1916, he was hit in the neck by a splinter from an enemy high velocity shell, and instantly killed."

 

He was initially buried in Plot 4 Row C Grave 8 of the Rosenberg Chateau Military Cemetery 28.T.18.d.35.65. IN 1930 he was concentrated into Plot 3 Row B Grave 39 of the Berks Cemetery Extension.

 

This list was posted on our CEFSG site some time ago, so he was not high ranked as compared to others:

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World War I
Name Conflict Service Branch Kills

Francis Pegahmagabow W.W. I Canada 378
Billy Sing W.W. I AIF (Australia) 150
Henry Norwest W.W. I Canada 115
Herbert W. McBride W.W. I Canada/U.S.A. 100+
Neville Methven W.W. I So. Africa 100
Johnson Paudash W.W. I Canada 88
Philip McDonald W.W. I Canada 70
P. Riel W.W. I Canada 30

 

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Sniper

Coldstreamer,

It is just something that I like to commemorate every year on the dates of their deaths.

 

You will have seen that laughton  has listed some of the high scorers as well. 

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Sniper

laughton,

Thanks for that. My source states 30+, but impossible to be absolutely sure after all this time.

What is CEFSG?

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laughton
8 hours ago, Sniper said:

What is CEFSG?

 

Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group (formed by GWF members in 2004 with Canadian links)

Reference there to snipers and this book looks interesting: Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow

 

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Francis Pegahmagabow (1889–1952), a member of the Ojibwe nation, was born in Shawanaga, Ontario. Enlisting at the onset of the First World War, he became the most decorated Canadian Indigenous soldier for bravery and the most accomplished sniper in North American military history. After the war, Pegahmagabow settled in Wasauksing, Ontario. He served his community as both chief and councillor and belonged to the Brotherhood of Canadian Indians, an early national Indigenous political organization. Francis proudly served a term as Supreme Chief of the National Indian Government, retiring from office in 1950.

 

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Sniper

Thanks laughton.

I always post Peggy on his anniversary, although he survived the war, as you know.

 

I think from memory the only other sniper i commemorate who survived is Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard.

 

I have a fair amount of data about Canadian snipers from my research.

I'll be very interested to delve into this stuff. Many thanks for the links.

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58 Div Mule

Interesting that a relative of Loius Riel should be serving with the 8th. 

 

Their antecedents included the 90th Winnipeg Rifles who'd  fought against the Metis in 1885.

 

58 DM.

 

 

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Sniper

Not sure Patrick held the same beliefs as Louis.

Interesting point, though.

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