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Graham Topham

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My great granddad's brother-in-law, Joseph Ernest Cook, was born in Clacton-on-Sea in 1884 and then moved to Canada before the war. He then signed up to fight in the Canadian army on 31/01/1916. He joined the 168th battalion and was transferred to the 39th battalion in December 1916. He was transferred again to the 6th reserve battalion on 04/01/1917 and then transferred again on 31/07/1917 (see below) but I cannot make out to which unit. From November 1917 until the end of the war he appears to have been in and out of hospital with epilepsy.


Any help or advice as to which unit he was moved to at the end of July 1917? And what this unit was doing at this time?





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He was transferred to Canadian Engineers Training Depot Feb 1917. He was struck off strength 29th July on proceeding to France. To my eyes his 31st July 1917 posting was to 2nd Tunnelling Company, Canadian Engineers.




https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/Documents/tunnelling companies and canadian engineers.pdf



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You'd have to check the war diaries of the 2nd Tunnelling Company, CE to be sure (all can be consulted online through the Library and Archives Canada website), but likely the sappers were supporting operations for the upcoming attack on Hill 70, near Lens, France (15-25 August 1917). You can read more on the battle here (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/military-history/history-heritage/casualty-identification-military/battle-hill-70-1917.html) or consult Nicholson's Official History, which is freely available from the Department of National Defence's website. 





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