Runner at Passchendaele

The Battle of Passchendaele

Runner at Passchendaele

Transcript
Passchendaele was the worst place I was ever in. And I was a runner at Passchendaele. I had to go from one place to another and there's no excuse and you couldn't tell the officer, “I don't think I can make it,” and everything like that, he had to go and keep that to himself and he made it, sometimes he made it and sometimes he didn't.
Description

Mr. Brown describes the fact that runners were obligated to carry messages in battle regardless conditions or personal risk.

Milton Brown

Milton Brown was born on April 26, 1897 in Trebek, Saskatchewan. His father, a farmer, moved the family to Markdale, Ontario where he then attended school. At the onset of war, Mr. Brown was working for the local Royal Bank, but he returned to Winnipeg to enlist in the 52nd Battalion. Once in action in France, he was wounded at Passchendaele. Mr. Brown didn't return to action, spending the duration of the war convalescing in England.

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Medium:
Video
Owner:
Veterans Affairs Canada
Duration:
0:46
Person Interviewed:
Milton Brown
War, Conflict or Mission:
First World War
Battle/Campaign:
Passchendaele
Branch:
Army
Units/Ship:
52nd Battalion
Rank:
Private
Occupation:
Runner

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