At the beginning of April, the 58th Battalion made it’s debut in the Front line Trenches, just south of the Town of Hooge, on the Menin Rd.

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Sanctuary Wood, Ypres Salient, south of Hooge. German trenches in Red, Canadian in Black.

They went in relief of the 113th Battalion, located in the left sub-sector of the left sector in the Salient. On April 4 , 1916, the Battalion was subjected to light shelling, resulting in the death of 1 soldier. The next day, the support trenches were shelled heavily, and the result at the end of the day was 59 casualties, with 1 O.R. (other rank) dead. The Battalion was relieved by the 113th that night. All relief efforts had to be conducted at night , under the cover of darkness. The 58th was bloodied for the first time. All of their training was put to the test. Below, is page 2 of the Battalion Diary, which was kept by the Battalion Adjutant, Capt. McKeand.

 

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The 58th went back to Camp E for rest and training. On April 8, they managed to engage in a football match against the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (CMR). The result was a 3-1 victory for the 58th. Still formidable!

Football behind the lines.

Battalion football game. 3-1 victory over 1st Battalion

Stay tuned. More to come in the next post.

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I am a retired Math Professor and now a budding author. Who would have thought? I was born in Toronto and grew up in a family of 5 boys and 1 girl. I went to Winchester Street Public School up to grade 8 and then attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute, up to grade 13. After high school I attended the University of Toronto and graduated with 2 degrees (BA honours and BEd). Following was a career in teaching, including 34 years at Humber College in Toronto, teaching Mathematics and Statistics. I managed to coauthor one textbook, an introductory Stats book. I am married to the beautiful Beth and have a great loving son named Jonathan McLaren Law. Oh yes, I am a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan. I lived happily in Bolton in beautiful Caledon ON for 31 years, and I am now living in Burlington ON and loving it too. The book is available on Amazon.ca, Chapters - Indigo and Barnes & Noble.

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