Kimmel Park Riot of 1919

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Kimmel Park Riot of 1919

Joined: November 21st, 2007, 2:54 pm

March 10th, 2008, 9:37 pm #1

I was over on the Arm Chair General (ACG) forum and ran across a thread about the Kimmel Park Riots of 1919. THe details are pretty vague. The link below is for the forum page about the riot at ACG. So does anybody have any additional inforamtion about the mutiny of the 1st Division in Wales in 1919? Any info would be great. Are there any books, articles that anyone is aware of?
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March 10th, 2008, 9:40 pm #2

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Bill A
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March 11th, 2008, 12:47 pm #3

But I thought the Kimmmel Park riots were not Canadian Corps troops, but were other corps troops? I believe some railway troops and other support type troops were the main group?
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Joined: February 1st, 2007, 9:27 pm

March 12th, 2008, 1:42 pm #4

The five fatal casualties were identified in the Toronto "Globe" as follows:

David Gillan, 85th Bn.
John Hickman, Artillery (50th How. Bty.
Joseph Young, 52nd Bn.
William Haney, Artillery
William Tarasevich, Railway Troops

Gillan and Hickman were buried with full military honours on 10th March, the other three "in a simple ceremony with few soldiers present" on the 8th.

Although originally buried with the others at Bodelwyddan Churchyard, Hickman now rests in Dorchester, New Brunswick. There are images of the other four men's grave markers at CVWM.
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Joined: November 21st, 2007, 2:54 pm

March 12th, 2008, 10:14 pm #5

According to the post on the ACG site, Gillian was shot in the back, while acting under orders to help restore order.
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Joined: November 21st, 2007, 2:54 pm

March 12th, 2008, 10:14 pm #6

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Joined: February 1st, 2007, 9:27 pm

March 13th, 2008, 8:53 pm #7

Testimony of medical officers at the inquest gave cause of death for Gillan as "bullet wound, entrance right-rear shoulder and exiting in the front of the neck.

Hickman, bullet wound near heart;
Young, bayonet wound near right eye;
Tarasevich, bayonet wound abdomen.

I did not find a cause of death for Haney in the newspaper account.
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Joined: February 1st, 2007, 9:27 pm

March 13th, 2008, 9:31 pm #8

Found cause of death for Haney in the London Times archive:

Bullet wound, entrance near left eye, exiting left rear skull.

So, the sorry total is three deaths by gunshot and two by bayonet.
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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 11:57 pm

March 18th, 2008, 9:48 pm #9

I was over on the Arm Chair General (ACG) forum and ran across a thread about the Kimmel Park Riots of 1919. THe details are pretty vague. The link below is for the forum page about the riot at ACG. So does anybody have any additional inforamtion about the mutiny of the 1st Division in Wales in 1919? Any info would be great. Are there any books, articles that anyone is aware of?
Blundered across a paper here:

http://www.cda.forces.gc.ca/cfli/engrap ... pdf/40.pdf
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Joined: November 21st, 2007, 2:54 pm

March 20th, 2008, 11:22 pm #10

Many thanks, I forgot to post it myself.
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