Pass­chen­daele Ridge

The Central Voice - - Editorial -

This map was used by our late com­rade Ge­orge Hicks, MC and Bar, in his ca­pac­ity as a trans­port of­fi­cer for the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment from Oct. 1917 un­til the end of the war. The map was is­sued in Sept. 1918 and shows the lo­ca­tion of var­i­ous sup­ply dumps and the con­di­tion of the roads.

The Army Ser­vice Corps brought the sup­plies to the var­i­ous for­ward dumps, (wa­ter, ra­tions, am­mu­ni­tion, etc.) and the bat­tal­ion trans­port sec­tions, such as Capt. Hicks’, car­ried them the rest of the way for­ward, of­ten right to the ri­fle com­pany head­quar­ters.

Trans­port sec­tion work was dif­fi­cult and dan­ger­ous. Capt. Hicks’ pre­de­ces­sor Lt. Stan Goodyear was awarded the MC for his work as a trans­port of­fi­cer and was killed in the course of his du­ties at the Broem­beke in Oct. 1917. Capt. Hicks was awarded the bar to his MC for his ser­vice to the reg­i­ment and to 28 Bri­gade as trans­port of­fi­cer.

The area shown was taken at enor­mous cost in the fall of 1917; the Cana­dian Corps sus­tained 15,600 out of the 250,000 ca­su­al­ties in­curred. It was re­taken by the Ger­mans in their spring of­fen­sive of March/April 1918. At the time the map was is­sued, the Ger­mans were in full re­treat fol­low­ing the Aus­tralian/Cana­dian-led break­out from Amiens in Au­gust. As a re­sult, the front lines were chang­ing ev­ery day and were not plot­ted on the map.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.