The Ledingham brothers of Dornoch, Ontario: George on the left, John on the right.

Both attesting into the 147th (Grey) Battalion, this picture was taken as they were preparing to leave for the Great War from the train station in Durham, Ontario, just down the road from their family farm. They were transferred to the 4th CMR, and joined them in the field on April 22nd, 1917.

838978 Pte. George Alexander Ledingham, the older brother, was born on February 11th, 1894, and was a farmer by trade. He joined the army on March 15th, 1916, in Owen Sound, Ontario.

George was wounded by shrapnel to the right arm on August 29th, 1918. He was struck off strength on February 2nd, 1919.

839082 Pte. John Morrison Ledingham was a teacher and joined the army two months later on May 3rd, 1916, with his brother George as his witness.

Sadly, John, at the rank of Private, was killed on October 26th, 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). As he body was never recovered, his name appears on Tablet K, Panel 32 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.

354 men of the 147th Battalion were transferred to 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles during the war, and both George and John were amongst 103 men of the 147th to join the 4th CMR on April 22nd, 1917.

Thanks and credit for the details and photograph go to Larry Mortley.

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