Pte Tweed Tells of Capture
of Trench and His Wounding
Dear Mother and Brother –
Bomb Throwers to the Front
I had better tell you how I was wounded. There was an attack coming off but the 1st Battalion was not taking part in it. However the regiment attacking lost nearly all its bomb throwers and the bomb throwers of the 1st Battalion were sent in their place. There are only two St. Thomas bomb throwers, Corp. Freeman and myself so we were the only boys from home in this particular charge, the rest being in reserve. We got up to where the charge was to be made and all got a good supply of bombs. Then came the order “Bomb throwers to the front.”
God Help the Germans
Only Twenty-five Yards Apart
I Got It
Well, we had taken that part of the trench so we started to go along to drive the out of another portion that they still held. It was there that I was hit. One of the German bomb throwers threw a bomb at us and it exploded right at my feet. I received a little cut over my right eye and my back was bruised and hurt so I had to quit fighting and was carried back to the dressing station. I am much better now. I can hobble around the ward and my eye is nearly all right so don’t worry.
Right: German 'bomb' (aka grenade)
Your loving son,
More About Charlie
The caption in the newspaper which accompanied this photo is as follows:
A telegram from headquarters has been received by Mrs. Weir, 74 Balaclava Street notifying her of the wounding of her son, Private Charles Tweed, No. 6749, who enlisted here with the First Battalion as bugler. Pte Tweed was employed in the machine department of the M.C.R. [Michigan Central Railroad] previous to his enlisting. He came to St. Thomas from Montreal and was employed in the city about four months. This is the third time Pte Tweed has been reported wounded. The late Lieut. George Metcalfe in one of his letters reported Pte Tweed as being
Pte Tweed on reaching the front took a bomb thrower’s course and has since been performing these duties.
He has an adopted brother now in France with the Pioneers and two brothers and his father in the 91st Battalion. The picture taken in France some months ago, shows Pte Tweed and Sergt. Hall in the trenches. Pte Tweed is watching Sergt. Hall shoot.