World War I

Sherbrooke Record - - REMEMBRANCE DAY -

Name: Cor­po­ral James Franklin “Frank” Bar­ber, MM

(Date of pic­ture: 1946, East Clifton, Que­bec)

Home­town: East Clifton, Que­bec Reg­i­men­tal No. 748378

En­list­ment age: 32

Reg­i­ment: 117th East­ern Town­ships Bat­tal­ion & trans­ferred to 87th Cana­dian Gre­nadier Guards Bat­tal­ion

Served: World War 1 in France Frank was born in Sawyerville in 1883 and be­fore he joined 117th Bat­tal­ion, he served with the 7th Hus­sars. He em­barked for Europe on Au­gust 24, 1916. He was trans­ferred to the 87th Bat­tal­ion in Jan­uary 1917.

Frank found him­self in many dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions. He re­counted an in­ci­dent in the Cour­cel­lette Sec­tor dur­ing the bat­tle of the Somme when his pla­toon, who were trapped in the at­tic of a house, came un­der at­tack by a large party of Ger­mans. Quote: “We fired from there for sev­eral hours. I am sure that our party got at least 25 Huns by snip­ing and at least 50 to 75 with the Lewis gun.”

Frank was awarded the Mil­i­tary Medal for brav­ery. On the night of June 8/9,1917 south of the Souchez River, Frank showed great ini­tia­tive and courage. Armed with a Lewis gun and along with sev­eral other men from his pla­toon, Frank en­tered a Ger­man dugout sys­tem and took a num­ber of pris­on­ers in­clud­ing an of­fi­cer who held valu­able pa­pers.

Name: Henry Claude Cun­ning­ton

Served: 1914-1916

He served in the 1st World War in the 117th East­ern Town­ships O/S Bat­tal­ion C.E.F. from 1914 – 1916 for 22 months un­til he was wounded.

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