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50th. Bn. (Alberta Regt.)


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The Canadian National Archives have successfully resisted all my attempts to get access to the on-line War Diary of the 50yh. Bn. (Alberta Regt.) Mind you the trouble may be at my end !

Can anyone tell me where this Battalion was during May 1917 and, more specifically, the 11th day? I know they were in the vicinity of Vimy Ridge but I would like more info if possible as my Uncle was KIA with them on that day.

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Jim Gordon

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Jonathan Saunders

I think I have a book at home that is a personal account of life with the 50th - it is still in publication. I cant remember title or author but will post details if this interests you (and if no one repsonds in meantime find out where they were in May 1917).

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The book is Victor Wheeler's No Man's Land which has been reprinted by CEF books. Parts of it should be treated with some caution, I must say. But it is a good account.

The PRO/NA will also have a copy of the 50th Bn War Diary, by the way.

And in mid-May 1917 the Canadians were fighting around Fresnoy, near Arras.

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This Forum never ceases to amaze me. Thanks to Signals, Paul and Peter for their replies. I shall certainly follow up on the Book Reference but to receive a copy of the relevant page of the Battalion's War Diary was something else again. I never knew where my Uncle was killed (he and his brother are remembered on the Vimy Memorial) and now I do! Thanks again.

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Jim Gordon

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