John Bernard “Jack” McCarron—their great-grandfather, who enlisted in January 1916, age 21. A tailor by trade, he was assigned to the medical corps as an ambulance driver. He arrived in France in 1916, fought at Vimy Ridge, and served with the No. 4 Company, Third Division Train. Jack survived. He lived to age 91, and went on to have 13 children. At a 2017 family reunion, it was announced he and his wife Alice had over 290 direct descendants!
She learned about the mercy and healing nurses provided while putting their own lives in danger, confidantes and healers as soldiers spilled out their pain. Ms. Macdonald, of Brantford, ON, enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. By January 1918, she was part of the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Étaples, France. She was killed in the raid at only 25.
An aviator from hometown Antigonish Co., NS, Roderick MacDonald was credited with shooting down three German aircraft northeast of Arras—in the aftermath of Canadian Corps’ victory at Vimy Ridge. On April 1, the RNAS and Royal Flying Corps amalgamated to form the Royal Air Force. On a May 8, 1918 mission, Lt. MacDonald was shot down over Provin, northeast of Lens.