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photo of wounded at Passchendaele


Rick Law
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When I was a young lad, my Grandmother showed me a newspaper clipping (probably Toronto Star) depicting some wounded men at Passchendaele. She suggested that the Sergeant was my Uncle who was a member of the 9th Canadian Machine Gun Corp. I have since seen this photo in various locations and I would like to know if anyone has any information about the photo.

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Hi Rick

Should that be he was a member of 9th Canadian Machine Gun Company (3rd Division),  I believe it was a single MG Corp made up of several companies, and it wasn’t until 1918 that they (the MG companies) were amalgamated into 4 battalions that were assigned one per Division.
The IWM  attribute the photo being shot near the Heine Pillbox.

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Object description     Assault on Passchendaele 12 October - 6 November: A group of lightly wounded Canadians resting for a smoke near Heine pillbox.

Object details

Category     Photographs

Related period     First World War (production), First World War (content)

Creator     Rider-Rider, W (Lt),      Canadian Official photographer

Production date       1917-11

Materials      whole: glass

Catalogue number      CO 2212

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My gratitude for your input and efforts. Thank you.

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A rather surly looking chap in a German uniform at the back

 

George

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Hi again

What was your Uncles name,seems like a good place to start😁

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My uncle's name was Reginald Burgess, and yes he was wounded in the right leg on October 26 at Passchendaele alongside the 58th battalion CEF. I knew my uncle as a man in his 60s, and he passed away from heart disease in 1963 when I was 13. The man in the photo bears a strong resemblance to my uncle and could easily have been him. During his time in Passchendaele he was a private,  so the stripes are a mystery.  He was though,  an acting sergeant in Blighty before he went to Belgium. Perhaps he didn't remove the stripes from his jacket.

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His service record supplies a lot of positive evidence in his support, but that does leave  the stripes issue unresolved.

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