This image is of 838438 Pte. James Welsh MM (left). The picture was found at a garage sale in Canada in April 2007, along with Pte. Welsh's Certificate of Service.

When further investigations were made into the back of the Certificate, Pte. Welsh's journal for activities in 1917 & 1918 fell out!

James Welsh was born in Marmion, Ontario, in June 1894. At the time of attestation into the 147th (Grey) Battalion, in Owen Sound on December 3rd, 1915, James was a farmer by trade.

The 147th BN became part of the 8th Reserve Battalion in January 1917. James was subsequently assigned to the 4th CMR, joining them in the field on May 12th, 1917.

At some time following that, and apparently surviving the war without notable injury, James was awarded the Military Medal.

With regard to the photograph, subsequent research revealed the identities of the two other soldiers:

838884 Pte George Alexander Bell DCM (centre)

838657 Pte Adam Buchanan Clarke (right).

The three men were amongst 354 men of 147th (Grey) Battalion who were transferred into the 4th CMR through 1917.

All three survived the War to be Struck off Strength with the Regiment in March, 1919.

This image is with thanks, and is courtesy of George Auer and The Grey & Simcoe Foresters, who perpetuate the 147th & 248th Battalions today.