Remembering those who lived
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