In June I published an article, Who Goes There? 54th Kootenay Battalion at Vernon Camp, which featured three panoramic photographs by Vancouver photographer Harold Smith. I have since been contacted by family members who confirm that the soldiers marked by the “X” are indeed Sidney James McDonald (pictured above on the left) and his father Thomas McDonald (in centre) both of whom survived the war. Alexander Waddington (on right) another survivor of the Great War, was identified by his grandson Gord Hartley.
All three soldiers were in the regimental band and can be found in the front row of the panoramic photograph below. Thank you to the relatives who have been in touch. If you recognize a soldier in this photograph please leave a comment or contact me.