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Sailing To England

Sailing To England

Mr. Henley describes sailing to England aboard the SS Welshman during which he is in charge of the mules and horses, for which he receives premium pay. An offer of extra money to clean the ship afterward is ungraciously declined.

Joining The Quebec Regiment

Joining The Quebec Regiment

Mr. Henley describes his transfer from a mounted to infantry regiment, and the shocking difference between the two uniforms.

The Somme Was A Killing Ground

The Somme Was A Killing Ground

Mr. Henley describes how the Germans set their barbed wire in such a way that Allied soldiers were lured towards enemy machine gun positions, and describes the resulting carnage.

Creeping Barrage At Vimy Ridge

Creeping Barrage At Vimy Ridge

Mr. Henley gives an excellent description of the logistics and technique of the creeping barrage and its overwhelming success at Vimy Ridge.

Canadians

Canadians

Mr. Henley discusses inadequacies of Canadian gear: tunics that weren't practical or warm, the Ross rifle which jammed after a few shots, and boots and leather belts which rotted in the wet conditions.

Kilts Were Dreadful

Kilts Were Dreadful

Mr. Henley describes two major issues with kilts. The first was that lice thrived in a kilt's seams, and the second was that mud froze to a kilts tail, thus badly chafing its wearer's legs.

Dreadful Living Conditions

Dreadful Living Conditions

Mr. Henley discusses being filthy, living with louse infested rats, and having last dibs on rations if you were in the front line.

A Lesson Learned

A Lesson Learned

Mr. Henley describes the consequences of not sharing a parcel from home when sharing was the accepted practice.

Don't Mess With Me!

Don't Mess With Me!

Mr. Henley discusses the status he held as a Sergeant-Major, and how his NCO's rallied around him when his authority was threatened by a new officer.

Whiz-Bang In The Latrine

Whiz-Bang In The Latrine

Mr. Henley recounts with amusement how an officer everyone disliked had the latrine he was using blown up by a German whiz-bang.

Money And A Peep Show

Money And A Peep Show

Mr. Henley describes how the Canadians and Australians kept their distance from one another on paydays, and how he and his kilted buddies would treat the girls at dockside by standing on the ship's upper deck when they were going on or returning from leave.

'Not Diagnosed' And 'Self-Inflicted' Wounds

'Not Diagnosed' And 'Self-Inflicted' Wounds

Mr. Henley discusses the fact that soldiers with psychological trauma were labeled 'ND'– not diagnosed. He also describes self-inflicted wounds as a way to escape the front line, and some methods used in self-injury.

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