From the Archives of Legion Magazine.


An Incident

An Incident By James Frances December 1926 The second draft for overseas service was very much like the first, and, for that matter, it differed little from those that were to follow. It was the same heterogeneous collection of saints and sinners, rich and poor the good, the bad, and the utterly indifferent, sharing the same characteristics as the others. Their common trait was a good physique, their common anxiety was to get over there, and their common fear was that all would be over before they could get there. And these characteristics held them together in spite of orderly-room sergeants, and inoculations, and physical jerks, and the thousand and one petty annoyances of army routine. They were a motley assortment, indeed. Smart looking ex-Imperials rubbed shoulders with the...

“Dead” Man Appears to Old Comrade

  “Dead” Man Appears to Old Comrade By The Legionary June 15th, 1926 “Hello, Jack!” “My God, Tom, I buried you in France – thought you were dead!” “Not me, Jack; this is me here.” And Guard John Reid at the Jail Farm, Langstaff, Ont., walking into the refectory for duty at dinner hour, a few days ago renewed his wartime friendship with Thomas Armstrong, a comrade he has been mourning since the sad day following the battle of St. Julien in the fateful spring of 1915. On that day of sad memories to many Canadian homes, Provost-Sergeant John Reid, of the Ontario Fourth Battalion, was among those whose sorrowful duty it was to give burial to fallen comrades. The party came across an unrecognizable figure without any means of identification, but close by was ...

The Cuxhaven Raid: A Recollection of the Early Days of Britain’s Fighting Force of the Air

  The Cuxhaven Raid A Recollection of the Early Days of Britain’s Fighting Force of the Air By The Legionary February 1st, 1927 During the early part of the war the chief duty of the Harwich Force was to scout in the German Bight, in order to give notice of any movement of the enemy’s surface craft. Many were the incursions into the Bight, and all without result. Towards the end of November, 1914, a plan was evolved at the Admiralty to make a determined assault on the Cuxhaven aerodromes by means of seaplanes, and by this means possibly to bring on a meeting between the two fleets. This affair, known as the Cuxhaven Raid, was planned to take place on 22nd November, 1914, but after an abortive attempt, of which more hereafter, it did not actually take place until...
Archive, Memoirs

Eyes! Eyes! Eyes!

Published in the June 1930 issue of Legion Magazine. Written by Will R. Bird Exclusive Audio Version: It was when the “Prairie Squirrels” were at Parvillers that Pete Mullins was sent down the line as a shell-shocked case, with every man in his platoon knowing that he had not been near a shell explosion. Yet none of them derided him, or said he was swinging the lead, for he was, for the time at least, as pitiful a physical wreck as one would care to see. He kept hiding his face with his hands, and shuddering, and when they got him to bed at the hospital he lay for six days with his face to the wall. When they spoke to him or tried to get him to turn all he would say was “Eyes---eyes---eyes.” Ted Hiller was with Pete all that terrible day when he saw the eyes, and it wa...

The “Nut” Squad

To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Legion Magazine is delving through its archives to find first-hand reports of the war and the men and women who showed their mettle during four long years of fighting. Each week we will post a new selection from a past issue written by those who were there to experience it.   The “Nut” Squad By “Dileas-Gu-Brath” September 1926 Do you remember the guy in your platoon that always had a habit of doing a left-turn when the command was “right-turn,” or who couldn’t help saluting the R.S.M., or doing some other stunt the direct opposite of what was intended? Just about every platoon of the C.E.F. had one or two such men. It wasn’t always that they didn’t have the grey matter to understand an order or observe an instruction – i...

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