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Title: Christmas Card - Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force

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Description: A Christmas card from the "Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force". The front of the card has a coloured illustration of two flags crossed behind the coat of arms, encased in a green maple leaf. In the bottom left corner, in blue print, reads, '1914-15'. In the bottom right corner in blue print is the title. Inside the card reads, in blue print, 'With all Good Wishes, for a, Merry Christmas, and a, Bright New Year. E. A. Sayers, Private, 'B' Co. 19th Battalion.' Behind the text is a watermark of a green maple leaf.

History: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 on 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).