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Into The Front line Trenches – April 1916

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.