Portfolio Example: Sapper John Popham Fotheringham

The War Diary of Sapper J. P. Fotheringham

June 1917 – January 1919

Sapper John Popham Fotheringham served as a driver with the 9th Canadian Artillery Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery in France and Belgium from June 1917 to January 1919.

His diary, on its own, is not particularly detailed, except in certain small parts. However, when meshed with the War Diary of the Brigade, and the history of the Canadian Army in action in World War 1, it becomes evident that Sapper Fotheringham was involved in some of the biggest battles of the latter stages of the war – Amiens, Cambrai, Arras – only missing Passchendaele as he recovered from exposure to mustard gas in September 1917.