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Pte John Caines Regt # 2829

Donated by Dorothy Caines Williams
John Caines was wounded twice, once in the leg and again in his arm. One operation was in France, Nov. 20, 1917 and the second in England, Jan 1918.

Although John was wounded in his arm during the war he did not have his arm amputated until much later. He had his right arm amputated above his elbow in Burgeo, NL, Sep, 1939, by Dr. Heath. He had many operations after this in St. John's for the nerve in what was left of his arm. After the war he was Tidewaiter in Burgeo from 1924 till 1933.

John could do anything with that one arm. He pulled many teeth and in those days there wasn't any Novocain. He pulled many teeth for his wife, his brother, cousins and many others. He could set people's broken limbs. Often there wasn't a Doctor in Burgeo and they would come for John, even as late as 1958. He also stitched a man's arm that was badly cut with the help of a young nurse. He built a cabin with one arm which is still there today. He did all his repairs to his house. He could build anything with that one arm.


Wounded "Tommy" to the photographer "I'm not a German"

John Caines to his brother Emmanuel Caines of Burgeo. The postcard is stamped Scotland , Nov.12, 1916

Invitation belonging to John Caines to visit Windsor Castle
signed by Lord Chamberlain

Back of Invitation

From William Kendall of Ramea, NL, to his sister, Alice Kendall of Ramea, NL, dated July 15, 1917

Back of Post Card


John Caines, centre, of Burgeo, was the only Newfoundlander to escape after the Battle of Monchy, WW I.
April 14th was the 69th Anniversary of the battle, in which Caines lost his right arm.
With Mr. Caines are Albert Vatcher, left, and Nathan Foote, both of Burgeo.
All served with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.


Christmas dinner at St John's Nfld, John Caines is in the front row six man to the right

Write up on John Caines

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