James H. Robertson of Victoria sent us photos of his grandfather, George Henry Cecil Robertson, who served in France with the 6th Field Company, 2nd Divisional Engineers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, from 1915 to 1918. This photo was made at Salisbury Plain in central southern England in 1915.
This portrait of George Robertson was taken in Vancouver after his return to Canada in 1918.
Floodwaters inundated Salisbury Plain in January 1915, seen in a postcard mailed by George Robertson to his future wife, Susie Lynch of Annapolis Royal, N.S., in February 1915.
George Robertson is seen reading a newspaper (third from left) while others take down a tent on Salisbury Plain before shipping out to France in September 1915. His division served in France and Flanders until the Armistice.
George Robertson and other members of the Divisional Engineers work in the trenches in France. Robertson performed skilled labour on the battlefield and supervised infantry and other troops in building trenches, roads and fortifications.
We thank James H. Robertson for sharing these photos and encourage others to share their photos of wartime or peacetime service. To submit a photograph (no photocopies), please mail to Find-Share-Discuss, c/o Legion Magazine, 86 Aird Place, Kanata ON K2L 0A1 or by e-mail (large file JPEG) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: photo prints will not be returned. Please include your daytime phone number and address along with a description of the photo, its date, the location and the identity of the people (first names and last) and where they are in the photo. Have questions? Call 613-591-0116.