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Title: Photograph - Egerton Sayers
Identifier: 2003.2.111.1
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1917
Image Creator: Annie Sayers (?)
Creation Date: 2005
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Photographic print of Egerton A. Sayers in a military uniform. It shows Egerton is a military uniform, hands adjusting his collar, cane over his arm, in front of a store. The photograph is in black and white. On the back is written '15' in pencil.

Egerton Sayers (1890-1918) was the second son of Kate and Charles Sayers and was the brother- in-law to Annie Harris Sayers. At the outbreak of the War, Egerton Sayers was living in Clarkson working as a clerk in a bank. Unlike his brother Beverly, Egerton was free of family responsibilities and joined up in 10 November 1914. While undergoing training in Toronto, Private E. Sayers contracted the mumps and spent a month and a half in hospital. Sailing overseas in May 1915 Private Sayers was posted to the 19th Battalion and went into the trenches of the Western Front in September. During the Battle of the Somme, September 1916, Private Sayers was wounded by shrapnel in the arm. Returned to England, Egerton stayed in various hospitals until November recovering from wounds received in battle.

Granted a furlough, Egerton returned to Canada in February 1917. For two months Egerton Sayers stayed in Clarkson resting before returning to the Front in April. By January 1918 he had been promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. Lance Corporal Egerton Sayers was killed in action 21 June 1918 while the 19th Battalion was occupying a defensive line. Egerton Sayers is buried in Bellacourt Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

See: Veterans Affairs Canada, Canada and the Great War, 1914-1918 (Veterans Affairs: Ottawa, 1998); Peter Simkins, World War I: The Western Front (London: Bramley Books, 1991); G.W.L. Nicholson, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918 (Scarborough: Prentice Hall, 1978.)
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