Ankle deep in water and mud, August 1918.
Retired major Robert Gillan of Surrey, B.C., shares two photos of his grandfather, Corporal Thomas Gillan, taken during the First World War.
Gillan says his grandfather served with 9 Field Ambulance of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. He believes the photo, showing Cpl. Gillan (centre) and other soldiers standing in muddy water, was probably taken near Arras, France, where the unit was located in 1918. “They were difficult conditions for a medical unit to operate under to say the least,” offers Gillan. “Note the field kitchen in the background at right.”
The portrait of Cpl. Gillan was taken in Perth, Scotland, while he was on leave to visit his wife.
On Aug. 28, 1918—not long after the “muddy waters” photo was taken—Gillan was wo...