New Site for Laughton.ca

This will be the site of the blog on the new Laughton.ca web site. As of this date we have not set up the blog format.

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  1. I have read your essay “The First Cold War: CEF Soldiers in Siberia and North Russia” and found it fascinating. It has spurred me to try to find out information on my mother’s two brothers who found in WW1. My mother’s eldest brother joined the Princess Patricia regiment in Winnipeg, Man. Sometime in 1918 he was then sent to Russia or Siberia to fight the Bolsheviks. Apparently he died on December 15, 1918 in a battle. The only battle I could find of that date was in the War Diaries where Capt. Mowat was in a battle at Kodema. It is my understanding that his remains were buried in Norway, close to the Siberian border, presumably in an unmarked grave. My uncle’s records are not as yet listed (perhaps lost or burned – hopefully not) as I would really like to learn more about his time during those horrific days. My mother did tell me that he won a lot of medals and she was quite proud of her eldest brother. Another brother of hers joined the Princess Patricia’s in WW1 and was gassed. He died shortly after the war ended. If you have any ideas on where I can look for information on the battle of Kodema I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

  2. Heather:

    I am so sorry that for all this time I have missed your post and question. As I never installed the BLOG part of the LAUGHTON web site, I never checked for comments. Unfortunately you did not leave me the names of the PPCLI men, which I understand were your uncles.

    I did check the records for any PPCLI that died after 1 December 1918 and before 31 August 1921 (official end of the war). There were 34 reported deaths and none of these have the same last name, thus were not brothers. I presume therefore that the reference to “died shortly after the war ended” referred to a date later that 31 August 1921. Interestingly, there was a recent case involving a “lost CEF soldier” that was found buried in the Gambleyen Gravlund Cemetery in Oslo, Norway but his name was Karl Emil Andersen and he served with the Royal Canadian Regiment.

    The only PPCLI reported deaths in December 1918 are as follows:

    Pte. C. B. Van Luven 10 December 1918, died of influenza in France
    Pte. A. A. Johnston 17 December 1918, died of influenza in Scotland
    Pte. H. A Cochran 28 December 1918, POW died of pneumonia if France

    Although I can not assume that the LAC search engine is always correct, it did say that the only PPCLI that attested in Winnipeg was William Clarence Tweed. He was first wounded in Belgium in 1915 and later again in France in 1917 but he survived the war. Someone has been researching him, as his service file is available on-line. It is quite possible as well that your uncle attested to another unit of the CEF and was later transferred to the PPCLI. That was very common.

    It is possible that your uncle was missed in the process. There is an ongoing international project to properly document, and where possible to locate, these missing men. Do not think for a moment that they have been forgotten.

    If you do happen to receive this reply, please get back to me with additional information and we will find out what happened.

    I have also posted your question to the CEFSG Forum here:

    http://cefresearch.ca/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=72&t=14243

    Richard

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