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The Narrow Way Project


This page is an attempt to use the internet as a global information gathering tool. Wallace Ryan is writing and drawing a graphic a novel about his grandfather's expierences with the Newfoundland Regiment in 1914. He is looking for specific photographic references to ensure authenticity. In return for your assistance, you will be mentioned in the work's acknowledgments.

Please note that those items displayed as hyperlinks (underlined and clickable) have already been contributed. You can view the image by clicking on the link.

All photos should be dated between Aug-1914 and Jun-1917. Photocopies are the first choice. TIFF, GIFF, or JPEG images via e-mail is the second alternative. Wallace can be reached at: chalkboy@thezone.net. Feel free to contact him with any questions regarding the items listed below.

So c'mon, check out the list and see if you might not have a photo or two lying around that would be of assistance.

Here are some early pencil sketches from the first chapter: sketch one, sketch two, sketch three.

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Lance Corporal John J. Ryan
Reg. No. 38

Service Summary
2-Sep-1914Enlisted in the Newfoundland Regiment.
11-Nov-1915Wounded by sniper fire and shrapnel while with British Mediterranean Force, Suvla, Gallipoli.
to 1-Mar-1916
Invalided to England.
to 30-Nov-1916
Assigned to the depot at Ayr. Saw action at the Somme and Ypres.
to 17-Jul-1917
Invalided to England.
17-Jul-1917Once again assigned to the depot at Ayr.
18-Jul-1917Discharged due to wounds and embarked for Newfoundland.

John Ryan (standing), Edinburgh, 1916

Cast of Characters
St. Johnís Major Franklin England Lord Roberts Major Craig Colonel DeBurton HRH and HerRH Brigadier General Allison Lord Kitchener Sister Hale, C4 Ward, Wandsworth Hospital, London Captain and Mrs. Stevens, "representing the Association" Unknown Sgt.-Major "Jim" at Newton Park School, Newton-on-Ayr Unknown surgeon at Wandsworth Hospital who operated on nerve in his hand Unknown Austalian soldier at Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey February, 1918 fond of quoting Shakespeare Dr. Tom Smith, Brooklands, Weybridge George Mozart, the mimic Scotland Sir William McKinnon Harry Lauders Recruiting Pipers Unknown Canadian students at the University of Edinburgh Malta Fellows, a soldier from Glasgow who died at Floriana hospital, Malta in late 1915 France Sir Alymer Hunter Weston, commander 8th. Army Corps Unknown man selling fried chips on the main road from Poperinghe to Elvendinghe Unknown orchard owner. Elderly male in Corbie City Unknown doctor at the 11th. Stationary, Scottish Branch, Rouen Australia Colonel Ryan of the Australian Medical Corps Italy Unknown Canadian who served as American Vice-Consul in Naples

Unknown members of the
Newfoundland Regiment

England Seaforth Highlanders, Ft. George, Scotland Aboard the Megantic Royal Warwickshire Battalion headed for the Sudan, August, 1915 Egypt Unknown Australian soldiers, Cairo, September 1st, 1915 Unknown Australian soldiers, Heliopolis, September 5th?, 1915 involved with small whiskey theft France The Yellow Bands, Training grounds, Rouen 29th. Division(also fought at Gallipoli) 86th. Brigade 2nd. Royal Fusilers 1st. Lancashire Fusilers 1st. Royal Dublin Fusilers 16th. Middlesex Regiment 87th. Brigade 2nd. South Wales Borderers 1st. Kingís Own Scottish Borderers 1st. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st. Border Regiment 88th. Brigade 4th. Worcestershire Regiment 1st. Essex Regiment 2nd. Hampshire Regiment
List of Locations
CANADA St. Johnís Training camp in Pleasantville Halifax(pre-explosion) ENGLAND Devonport Plymouth Exeter Patney Junction Salisbury Plain Training Camp Devizes Pond Farm Camp Bustard Camp Lark Hill Salisbury city London Waterloo Station Kingís Cross Wandsworth Hospital (image 1, image 2) Madame Tousands Wax Works Kingston Richmond Rd. Victoria St. Whitehall Trafalger Sq. Oxford St. the Palladium Corner House(Lyonís) unknown tea shops Hyde Park Newcastle-on-Tyne Aldershot Badajoz Barracks, Wellington Rd.(Line?) Aldershot Station Gibralter Southampton Weybridge, Surrey Brooklands Convalescent Home unknown photo shop unknown river the Thames the Broadwater River Wey Shepperton SCOTLAND Edinburgh Waverly Station Perth Inverness Fort George Fort George Station Ardesier Dalcross Castle Moray Firth Seaplane Hangars, Moray Firth Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Princeís St., Leith Walk, South Bridge and High St. Haymarket Rink, Edinburgh Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Marine Gardens, Portobello Forth Bridge, Firth of Forth Queensferry Leith Stobís Camp, Hawick Camp for German military and civilians Newton-on-Ayr Newton Park School the Esplanade Barry Camp Carnoustie Broughty Ferry? Monifieth Dundee Tay Bridge Firth of Tay Liverpool IRELAND Belfast FRANCE Bapume Church tower Rouen 11th. Stationery, Scottish Branch Acheux Englebelmer Beaumont Hamel Mailly Wood La Toque Beauval Corbie City Dongueville Rd. unknown orchard Guedicourt Thiepval Wood Longueville road Montauba road Bernafy Wood Ginchy Ginchy Corner Grovetown Casualty Clearing Station BELGIUM Ypres Menin Rd. the Ramparts Rue DeLille St. Martins unknown church, shell through right roof and fallen plaster on altar Elvendinghe Chateau main road to Popenighe Popenighe MALTA Valetta Floriana Malta hospital GREECE Lemnos Island EGYPT Alexandria Cairo Abbyssia Giza the Pyramids, the Dead City, the Citadel and the Palace of the Sultan Heliopolis TURKEY Suvla Bay Gallipoli ITALY Naples US Vice-Counsels Office
On the Seas
The ship photos should be of wartime vintage. Including any exterior changes such as camoflage paint, armaments or riggings. Ausonia Florizel Justicia Kildonan Castle (Hospital ship at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli) Megantic Mauretania Prince Abbas Soudan Any ships of the First Canadian Contingent that the Florizel joined October 4th,1914 off the coast of Newfoundland. Unknown ship transporting troops from Southhampton, UK to La Havre, France on or about April 12, 1916.
The Sinking of the S.S. Erik, 25-Aug-1918
In the early morning hours of 25-Aug-1918, an unknown German submarine attacked the S.S. Erik off the south coast of Newfoundland. After an initial shelling, the Germans took the crew aboard and sunk the Erik. The next morning they were transferred to a Newfoundland "banker" called the Wallie G. Off the Coast: Captain Lane, the Erik First Mate, unknown First Engineer, unknown Chief Engineer, unknown "Big Russian" sailor, unknown Captain, the unknown German submarine Captain George Moulton, Wallie G., Grand Bank St. Pierre: unknown British Consul, St. Pierre Cafe De Midi, St. Pierre, France The Ships: S.S. Erik S.S. Argyle S.S. Cabot Wallie G. unknown German submarine unknown American "banker" sunk off the coast of St. Pierre on August 25, 1918.

John Ryan (far left) at a 4-Oct-1975 reunion, 61 years to the day that the Newfoundland Regiment sailed out of St. John's harbour.

John Ryan at a reunion of the surviving members of the First Five Hundred, 1976.