The Unknown 49th Battalion Officers of Courcelette


The Unknown 49th Battalion Officers of Courcelette


At the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, in September of 1916, the 49th Battalion had 59 members reported Killed in Action. As was too often the case, some bodies could not be identified and now lie in graves simply marked as a ‘Soldier of the Great War’. Two such examples exist in the ADANAC Cemetery in France where two 49th Battalion officers, who fell during the action at Courcelette, are buried in unidentified graves. The author of this article believes he can identify these two officers.

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Regimental Commanding Officers


Colonel Ernest Brown Wilson, O.B.E., E.D.


Our series of articles on Regimental Commanding Officers continues with the seventh CO of the 1st Battalion, The Edmonton Regiment, Colonel Ernest Brown Wilson, O.B.E., E.D. (1940-1942). He had served with the battalion since 1928 and, following his period as Commanding Officer, had several appointments as acting brigade commander as well as senior appointments at division and higher headquarters.

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