2 August 1917
A Centenary Action

“A little French paper boy selling English papers in Canadian line. June, 1917.”
Credit: Library and Archives Canada / PA-001436 (modified from the original).
Colourized by Canadian Colour

On 2 August 1917, Ralph Watson, a stretcher-bearer with the 29th (Vancouver) Battalion, humourously wrote home to his wife in Ottawa: 

“This morning got a very old paper. Young French kids bring papers right up, when they can get hold of them, a French “civile” will face the whole German Army for a franc.” (Watson, Letters of a Canadian Stretcher-Bearerp.153) 

Today’s photograph has been colourized as part of the Vimy Foundation’s First World War In Colour project. Learn more about this project, and see additional photographs, by following this link:   http://www.vimyfoundation.ca/projects/