Re­mem­ber­ing those who lived

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

The air­ways are filled with sto­ries (and rightly so) about the ter­ri­ble loss of life from New­found­land as a re­sult of the bat­tle at Beau­mont Hamel, France 100 years ago.

I have not heard much (if any) com­men­taries about the sur­vivors.

My un­cle John (Jack) Ryan, Cor­po­ral John J. Ryan Reg. No. 38 New­found­land Reg­i­ment went over and saw ser­vice (age 17) at Su­vla Bay and Gal­lipoli, Beau­mont Hamel (the tragic bat­tle) and at Ypres.

Un­cle Jack was wounded in the bat­tle of Beau­mont Hamel, in­valided to Eng­land. In July 1917 he saw ac­tion in three bloody bat­tles at Ypres, Bel­gium.

In July 1917 he was once again as­signed to the de­pot at Ayre. He was soon to be dis­charged due to wounds and em­barked for New­found­land where he mar­ried my fa­ther’s sis­ter Amelia West­cott and started a f am­ily even­tu­ally bring­ing four mar­vel­lous and very pro­fes­sional sons into the world — John, Wal­lace, Ron and Ai­den.

Un­cle Jack will be in my heart and mind on July 1st, as will all the other lost souls from this prov­ince (then a coun­try).

Bill West­cott writes from Bay Roberts

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