Medicine and Duty: The World War I Memoir of Captain Harold W. McGill, Medical Officer, 31st Battalion, C.E.F.

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University of Calgary Press, 2007 - 379 էջ
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"The story of the individual always grips us - it is why biography remains so popular. But in Medicine and Duty we receive a double serving: the story of Medical Officer Captain Harold W. McGill coupled with the story of the many men who served in the 31st Battalion and what they together managed to achieve against such long odds." - Patrick Brennan, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary Medicine and Duty is the World War I memoir of Harold McGill, a medical officer in the 31st (Alberta) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. McGill attempted to have his memoir published by Macmillan of Canada in 1935, but, unfortunately, due to financial constraints, the company was not able to complete the publication. Decades later, editor Marjorie Norris came upon a draft of the manuscript in the Glenbow Archives and took it upon herself to resurrect McGill's story. Norris's painstaking archival research and careful editing skills have brought back to light a gripping first-hand account of the 31st Battalion and, on a larger scale, of Canada's participation in World War I. A wealth of additional information, including extensive notes and excerpts from letters written "from the trenches," lends a new sense of immediacy and realism to the original memoir and provides a fascinating, harrowing glimpse into the day-to-day life of Canadian soldiers during the Great War.
 

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This is the WWI memoirs of Capt. H. W. McGill, MD of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He joined the 31st Battalion, CEF at its formation. He shipped out with the unit during the initial deployment to ... Read full review

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I The Threat of War
3
II The Outbreak of War
7
III Mobilization
15
IV Life in Barracks
27
V The Move to England
43
VI Training in England
59
VII The Move to France
73
VIII Baptism of Fire
85
XVI The Battle of the Somme
203
XVII The Battle of the Somme contd
219
XVIII After the Battle
231
XIX The Souchez Sector
239
XX Out of the Line
249
XXI The Storming of Vimy Ridge
261
XXII Beyond the Ridge
277
XXIII Summer Holidays
295

IX Our Enemy the Mud
109
X The Dawn of a New Year
129
XI The Battle of St Eloi
149
XII The Coming of General Byng
169
XIII The Battle of Sanctuary Wood
175
XIV The Summer in Belgium
185
XV The Journey to the Somme
195
XXIV The Lens Sector
309
Epilogue
329
31st Battalion Casualties to November 11 1918
347
Index
369
Legacies Shared Series
381
Back Cover
385
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Marjorie Barron Norris is a writer and historian who lives in Calgary. She has previously written about the history of nursing in World War I and on the history of the Calgary Local Council of Women.

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