Private Charles Linton

Private Charles Hogg Linton, 28th ( Northwest ) Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was killed in action in France, aged 24, on the 2nd October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Selkirk in 1892 and was the son of Agnes and the late Alexander Linton of 10 Milburn Place, Selkirk. He is commemorated on the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy, France. He had worked at Millar’s Laundry, Selkirk before emigrating to Canada in March 1913 where he was farming until he enlisted in Saskatoon in October 1914. By October the rains had turned the grounder underfoot into a glutinous quagmire as can be seen in the photographs. The colour image shows a peaceful Somme landscape today with ” no gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now”.

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