Lest We Forget - Lester Carruthers Bishop - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 06.03.1917

Lester Carruthers Bishop, 832321 was from Irving Settlement, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born February 18, 1897. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Bishop, of Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada. He enlisted with 145th (New Brunswick) Battalion in Moncton , on February 14, 1916. His occupation was listed as student. He served overseas with the 50th Battalion, CEF. He was killed in action June 3,  1917 at Vimy Ridge, France by artillery fire. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the VIMY MONUMENT, Pas de Calais, France 

 You can find his complete war records here.

He is listed on page 202 of Canada's Book of Remembrance.


Lest We Forget - Albert County's First World War Honour Roll


This poem was written by Pte. Frank Walker just after the battle of the Somme 100 years ago in 1916 and was published in From a Stretcher Handle: The World War I Journal & Poems of Pte. Frank Walker.

The book is a first-person narrative centred around the life and times of Prince Edward Islander Frank Walker (1893-1977), during his service with the Canadian Field Ambulance, Canadian Medical Corps, from its inception in 1914 until 1919, after the Great War had come to a close.

With Desolation and the Stars
I lonely vigil keep,
Over the garner'd fields of Mars,
Watching the dead men sleep —
Huddled together, so silent there.
With bloodless faces and clotted hair, 
Wrapped in their long, long sleep!

By uptorn trees and crater rims
Along the Ridge they lie,
Sprawled in the mud, with out-spread limbs,
Wide staring at the sky.
Why to the sky do they always stare,
Questioning heaven in dumb despair?
Why don't they moan, or sigh?

Why do I rave, ‘neath the callous stars,
At their upturned faces white?
I, surely I, with my crimson scars
Slumber with them this night!
Death, with shadowy finger bare,
Beckons me on to — I know not where;
But, huddled together, and freed from care
We'll watch till the dawn of Light.

From the Somme,

Lest We Forget - On this day 100 years ago Roy William Crossman was Killed in Action - 10.09.1916

Roy William Crossman was from Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick and was born December 7, 1894. He was the son of Mr. William D. Crossman. He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Regiment on August 22, 1915. He was first wounded April 4, 1916 with a gunshot wound to the scalp. He was Killed in Action in France at the Battle of the Somme, October 9, 1916. He is remembered on the Vimy Monument and has no known grave.

 You can find his complete service record by clicking here.

You can view his internment records here. 

You can view the Royal Canadian Regiment's War Diary Entry for that day here. 

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