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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta OF -S, '.if m (1) Canadian Scottish Battalion with captured gun. quarters (6) Can (9) Fighting in British, and French wounded con- (10) Heine stick bomb exploder.: in a swawp in wtfcb n-anv "ri HE swam the Canadians "I vanced. m mm. Car-affci Pkv. i I i JW'% Railways At TSio Front i UL.WAYS have played a proml- nent part In the operations in Franco and Belgium over since 13H. Tbo Canadian Overseas Railroad Construction Corps, one o-: toe finest outfits engaged in tho war, and in- cluding a largo number ot C. P. R. engineers in ;bc commissioned ranks, and hundreds pi C. P. R. workmen among I'ae ranV and file-has earned the praise, showered upon It by Allied officers "who have been'' and "teen." i Railways had to he laid here and o England ami in due course reached enemy's artillery: tracks had to fcs their unit In work, and iild for the numerous .narrow gausc If necessary. roads which hp.ve such a boon 10 All Canadians "who hove served In'troops in and out ot the line. 'VfZm i Onsiiai .iCtfirnslll 'ranee appreciate tbe flno work of an oiBcer or man was de- [Srlllft OSefll Fb Cwm there lo transport troops from tb back areas to -tie Iront line, or least as closa as posslblo to the trenches. Narrow gauge roads had to be laid down rapidly ana hidden Irom view as much as possible so that enemy airmen would not locate them and destroy them. Much ot the work of laying rail roads In Franco and'Belglum had to ho carried out'.under nre, and the railway men had to give- their share toll to the casually lisls. The writer had the honor privl lese of training tho first re-lnforoc- mcnls to the iiallroad Construction Corps. As fine hunch of men as any sol- dier would wish lo see we're gathered together In Montreal In 1915 to Oil the gaps mado in tho original unit, which had crossed several weeks be- fore. These fellows come oostlr from the west, principally British O- lumhla, and although not looking qulto soldler-llko In their civilian clothing when they reached Montreal, onco uniformed and equipped, were EOod to look upon. When out marching on the streets of Montreal Ibeso "jap-fillcrs" were greatly admired, for nearly every man was a ait-footer. Tho acting ijuartf was old ser- geant nf Ills Majesly'fl Life Guards, the senior sergeant.a retired major of a New Brunswick null. One oi the jirlvatfs was a ieiraer commissioned o.Tlccr of the South African Coostabit. lary Force. .Many o( tho men were goiilh African vcli-raoa. Mmrfll Eventually the; shipped ovcf no utnaa.au railroad men' there, tailed to" report at a certain point, bo whether engaged on hlg or small Jobs. it up to the line or back to a base or There was a great deal of work to be school, he would figure out immedi- done, and that rapidly, but tbe rail-lately where he could 'pick up a wav m-n were quite up to Ihe tasks narrow gauee line and got inero et'beforc them, and honors awarded quickly instead of Jumping motor orrles for miles and transferring at many points during tbe trip. On many occasions a strip of road had to ie'lald for several miles out In the open and enemy aeroplanes would locate the work and drop a few bombi which would destroy, In a few seconds, the- hard work of weeki. E. C. K. he officers and men who had made jood "over testify to the strategical value of having well- directed roads for purposes of trans- port be It men or supplies. Tracks had to be laid for ordinary railroad traffic; tracks had to be laid for moving heavy guos from point tc point rapidly EO as to deceive Ibe n Oflktol m sfes m Ihe HMJ. W. J, Slutignn'ssy, the SMI nf nwsy, taking the bad air from his dug-out with a machine made for that purpose, m, mm ;