The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge was April 9, 2017. We present a look back through the words of Capt Alec Jack who joined the 54th Battalion as a soldier from Hedley BC. We have some of his notes on various activities from the time he joined up in Canada, his early experiences in the Ypres area in summer 1916, then the Somme Battles in the fall of that year. He covers the Battle of Vimy Ridge and his service towards the end of the war when he was taken out wounded.
The website looks at many 54th Battalion members.
The excellent material we present is in audio files from the CBC Circa 1967 and the fiftieth Anniversary of Vimy Ridge and some of his brief notes.
See Operations 1916 and 1917 at the menu at the top.
You will see the files as shown in the image below – then click each one in order
There are numerous references for Alec Jack on the Internet. These include a thumbnail sketch on his service record. He won the Military Cross. He was recruited in Hedley BC by Major Travers Lucas who is also featured on the 54th Battalion Website here. Alec Jack is mentioned in Tim Cook’s book “No Place to Run” on the results of a failed attack on the Germans on March 1, 1917. His grandson wrote of Alec Jack here.
20 Feb 2020 – Back after a long absence – we will dig out more 54th Battalion material for you. Background on Site Updates – we are moving all former content to the Word Press Blog format. It should be more appealing and easier for readers to see and search what they may be interested in. If we help one family member find information its a success!
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KEY INFO Get your own day by day record of the news clips of WW1 and the day by day struggle or heroism and tragedy. The story archive at the bottom of this page was the brainchild of Vern Schneider of Trail BC. See POST – Remembering Vern Schneider
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