Posted by Brenda Dewonck on Nov 17, 2017
Sandy Wightman, of Semiahmoo Rotary, did a very interesting slide show and talk about his grandfather, Captain Alec Jack and the battle of Vimy Ridge.
 
Captain Jack worked at the Bank of North America, in Hedley, BC and was refused to be given leave to join the army. He and 16 others from Hedley, the “Hedley Boys”, signed up in August of 1915 and went to train at the Vernon Army Camp.
 
Their adventure then took them across Canada by train, to Liverpool by ship, and 6 months training in Bramshot, near Stonehenge. Once over in France, they faced a different battle with mud, lice, rats, corpses, rain, knee-deep water, trench foot, raw cold and freezing temperatures as well as boredom, while waiting for action.
 
A major part of the advancement planning was surprise attacks on the Germans. Three major craters were formed at St. Eloi, Belgium when German trenches were taken over with explosions. The last battle of the Somme, fought on November 18, 1916, involved 12 officers and 500 soldiers from which the casualties were 44 killed, 23 missing, 160 wounded and 52 captured enemies. Capt. Jack and his troop were one of four Canadian Corps at the battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1918, for which he was later awarded in 1919 the Military Cross.
 
Capt. Jack attended the 50th anniversary of Vimy Ridge as one of the Canadian war veterans.
Announcements
 
Our Rotary Christmas Dinner is December 8th – a catered dinner with potluck appies and dessert. Sign up sheet is circulating at breakfasts or email Brenda with numbers.
 
Chamber After Hours: Wednesdays meeting was at Olive Us. They announced their Christmas party at Turtle Bay Pub on Thursday December 14, 7:00 pm. Cost is $25 including wine and appies. Bring a bottle of wine for the wine wagon and receive 3 tickets for that draw!
 
The Ace of Spades 50/50 was drawn by Mike Bate! On to a new deck next week!