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By Marjorie Barron Norris

"Medicine & responsibility" is the area struggle I memoir of Harold McGill, a clinical officer within the thirty first Alberta Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary strength, that was once initially compiled & written through McGill within the Thirties. watching for that his memoir will be released through Macmillan of Canada in 1935, McGill in its place used to be met with unhappiness while the publishing residence, pressured by way of monetary constraints, was once not able to determine the undertaking to its ultimate end. many years later, Editor Marjorie Norris came across a draft of the manuscript within the Glenbow Museum information, & totally forced by means of what she discovered, took it upon herself to resurrect McGill's tale. appearing an exhaustive edit of the unique manuscript, Norris has additionally integrated a wealth of knowledge including distinctive explanatory notes & topographical maps, in addition to excerpts of letters Captain McGill despatched domestic to pals & relations. those letters are actually written 'from the trenches' & lend an unsettling surroundings & stark realism to the unique memoir. Wartime money owed written through clinical officials are really infrequent, & usually greater than different ordinary officials, the MO's place within the battalion presents a special viewpoint at the daily lives of infantrymen less than his command. Norris' painstaking archival examine & cautious enhancing talents have introduced again to gentle a gripping first-hand account of the thirty first Battalion and, on a bigger scale, of Canada's participation in global warfare I, making this publication of serious curiosity not just to army historians, but in addition to any Canadian forced by means of the fantastic sacrifice of infantrymen in the course of wartime.

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The latter was a subject for speculation over many months. We felt almost hopeless when we read of the departure of the 30th Battalion from Winnipeg early in the winter. The answers to the first question came around the time of the New Year when we received orders definitely allotting us a place in the 6th Brigade of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. From this time on concentrated interest was given to the question of the probable date of our departure for overseas. During all this early period of our training the unit was gradually settling down to work and acquiring proficiency and discipline.

16 MEDICINE A ND DU T Y The 31st Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, as it was first designated, was a representative Alberta unit, recruited from all parts of the province. Recruiting was advertised to begin November 16, 1914, and actually did begin on that date at various centres throughout the province. In order to provide personnel for guard duties during the process of recruiting in Calgary, it was necessary to enlist a certain number of men on Saturday the 14th, a day when a heavy snow storm ended a spell of fine, open weather.

The battalion stretcher bearer section was organized during the first month in barracks, and a very desirable class of men was secured. Changes in personnel were afterwards made, but most of those first chosen remained. All were volunteers. Private P. Willis, medical officer’s orderly, began special duty on November 18, and Lance Corporal T. Bright on November 26. From the beginning difficulty was experienced through lack of sick report forms, and during most of the winter the orderly sergeants ruled out their own.

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