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Pte William March Regt # 3131
Donated by Jaunita Jacobs

Green's Hr, Trinity Bay, NF
Fisherman, 21 years (as stated on his recruitment form)
Son of William & Amelia MARCH
Enlisted October 4, 1916 witnessed by Attesting Officer Capt. Chas N. Ayre
Embarked St. John's S.S. Florizel to Windsor January 31, 1917
Wounded August 16, 1917 Left Arm
Demobilization July 2, 1919
Served 2 years 272 days

Grandfather March was also wounded in both legs but I could not find record of this in his military records. He was hospitilized several other times but I cannot understand the military language.
I sat on his knee many times asking him to tell me about the war and all he would do was show me the bullet wound in his arm but would not tell me any stories about the war.
Knowing today of the hardships of war I can understand that it was very hard for him to talk about it. During WWII my mother says he would sit by the radio and listen to the war news...the house was always very quiet during that time. My mother says that he talked about the trenches being full of water and very hard to live in.
Also when they ran out of ammunition they would have to use the butt of their rifles.
I am very proud of my grandfather.

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