A group of Canadian soldiers and one French soldier (Centre), 1916

A group of Canadian soldiers and one French soldier (Centre), 1916 <br /> Dorothy Forsythe Collection, City of Charlottetown

A group of Canadian soldiers and one French soldier (Centre), 1916
Dorothy Forsythe Collection, City of Charlottetown Archives

Pictured in this studio photo are 6 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force posing with a member of the French elite mountain infantry, the Chasseurs Alpins or Mountain Hunters (centre front). The young man in the front row on the left is East Royalty resident, F I Andrew, OBE, who entered the war at 17 years old in 1915 and served in some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. He would go on to become a Colonel who headed the Beach Grove Training Centre from 1940-1943 during the Second World War. The French soldier next to him was honoured for valour as he is wearing the Croix de Guerre and appears to have sustained a significant wound to his face, perhaps from a bayonet.  It is not known why this group is posing together but because the First World War was truly an international war, people from all over the world came together, fought and died side by side.

 

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