The Wargaming Society
Quarterly Dispatch
1 July 2019

Special Note to all our members and for anyone who likes playing games...

We have a member of our little organization who is Battling Cancer and this is not a little battle to say the least... He has 2 young sons who may have to grow up without him...
To me that is the worst part of all!

Please keep Ron Fulwell and his boys in your hearts, thoughts and prayers...

As much as I enjoy playing games this puts things in a totally different perspective...

Battle On Ron...



Wargaming Society Web Pages

Aloysius Kling Sr - al@wargamingsoiciety.com
Mark Jones - foundermark@wargamingsociety.com

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Our main focus at TWS has been, and always will be, having fun. We leave our conflicts on the computer battlefields and, for the most part, this has been successfully accomplished. We do not require the use of any House Rules as these can lead to disagreements and arguments. Our tournaments are based only on the Optional Rules which are already built into the games that we play.

Wargaming Society Web Pages

If you haven't explored The Wargaming Society Website you may want to find time to check some of them out.... Check them out via various links all over the site.. Our website is a work in progress changing and growing... Our members input is always welcome...

Wargaming Society Forum

Sadly our forums were hit by a major spam attack that resulted in our forums going down and the lost of all our post... Why not drop by and say hello, ask a questions or share some gaming information with all your friends belong to the Wargaming Scociety...

Wargaming Society Tournaments

The society since its inception has been and is the leader in hosting and promoting JTS gaming tournaments... We currently have two tournaments in progress (Age of Napoleon Battle of Eylau and American Civil War Chickamauga)... In addition to this we have two more tournaments planned to start this fall...

Eylau-Friedland Tournament - Begins 15 August 2019

We are also going to have another Eylau-Friedland Tournament Fall of 2019... The fall tournament will be a three round affair... Scoring will be as follows: Scoring will be based strictly on the final Victory Level achieved, with the points being awarded as follows: Major Victory - 4 Points, Minor Victory - 3 Points, Draw - 2 Points, Minor Defeat - 1 Point & Major Defeat - 0 Points. There will be three rounds of play with a scenario being played from both sides of the battlefield. Points will be awarded for each game in each round. If you manage to win a Major Victory in all six games, you could aquire 24 Tournament Victory Points... In the event that we have a tie after three rounds of play, we will add a fourth playoff round.

Once again JTS is supporting this event with a game of your choice to a participant in this tournament who play at least 50% of the turns in all three rounds... In addition to this we are also giving away 2 books... Prizes will be drawn at random...

Eylau-Friedland Tournament Web Page: http://wargamingsociety.com/napol/tournaments/aon2019/aon2019.html

ACW Chickamauga Tournament

This tournament is has entered Round 3 started 20 June 2019... Chickamauga Tournament Web Page: http://wargamingsociety.com/amcw/tournaments/acw2019/acw2019.html

World War II Moscow 42 Tournament Web Page: http://wargamingsociety.com//ww2/tournaments/moscow42/moscow42.html

World War II Moscow '42 Tournament Begins 1 September 2019... We have not hosted in WWII Tournament in some time... This one will be 3 rounds of fun... 2 JTS games as prizes and 3 Wargaming Society T-Shirts... All who participate are eligible to win one of the prizes...

Battle On...

Not a Member of the Wargaming Society

If you would like to participate in the fall 2019 Eylau-Friedland Tournament or the World War II Tournament Moscow'42and are not a member... You can join the Wargaming Society and sign up for the tournament.. Check out our various Age of Napoleon Armies and find a regiment you would like to command.. Maybe your interest is WWII... You can sign up in one of the Allied or Axis armies... Interest in other eras... You can join more the one...Member of another gaming club... No rules on how many you join and particpate...

Visit: http://www.wargamingsociety.com/joinsociety/wgsenlist.htm

Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients: The Valour Road Boys - Bill Cann

My second Quarterly Reports for 2019 continues to focus on Canadians who won the Victoria Cross during different conflicts between 1890-1945. During the First World War (1914-1918), 73 Canadians were awarded the Victoria Cross. Here is a brief account of three who lived on the same street in my home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1925, Pine Street was renamed Valour Road because three of Canada's Victoria Cross recipients resided on the same 700 block of that street: Frederick Hall, Leo Clarke and Robert Shankland. It is believed to be the only street in the British Commonwealth to have three Victoria Cross recipients to live on it, let alone on the same block.

Company Sergeant Major Frederick William Hall

Citation: “On 24th April, 1915, in the neighbourhood of Ypres, when a wounded man who was lying some 15 yards from the trench called for help, Company Serjeant-Major Hall endeavoured to reach him in the face of a very heavy enfilade fire which was being poured in by the enemy. The first attempt failed, and a Non-commissioned Officer and private soldier who were attempting to give assistance were both wounded. Company Serjeant-Major Hall then made a second most gallant attempt, and was in the act of lifting up the wounded man to bring him in when he fell mortally wounded in the head.”

(London Gazette, no.29202, 23 June 1915)

Frederick William Hall was born in Kilkenny, Ireland 21 February 1885. At the beginning of the First World War he was living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and enlisted in the 8th (Winnipeg Rifles) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Company Sergeant-Major (CSM) Hall was awarded the Victoria Cross on 24 April 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium for giving up his life to save a wounded comrade. When the wounded man, who was laying 15 metres from the trench, called for help, Hall and two other soldiers endeavoured to reach him despite being subjected to very heavy enemy gunfire. This first attempt failed, the two men accompanying Hall being wounded. CSM Hall then made a second foray alone, and was in the process of lifting up the wounded man when he was fatally struck. The soldier he had attempted to help was also shot and killed.

Hall's name can be found on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing war memorial in Ypres, Belgium, honouring 56,000 troops from Britain, Australia, Canada and India whose final resting place in the Ypres salient is unknown. Hall was one of three winners of the Victoria Cross in the First World War whose homes were on Pine Street in Winnipeg. The other two were Leo Clarke and Robert Shankland. In 1925, Pine Street was renamed Valour Road in honour of the three men, and reflecting the inscription on the Victoria Cross, “For Valour”.

Corporal Lionel (Leo) Beaumaurice Clarke

Citation: “For most conspicuous bravery.  He was detailed with his section of bombers to clear the continuation of a newly-captured trench and cover the construction of a “block.”  After most of his party had become casualties, he was building a “block” when about twenty of the enemy with two officers counter-attacked.  He boldly advanced against them, emptied his revolver into them and afterwards two enemy rifles which he picked up in the trench. One of the officers then attacked him with the bayonet, wounding him in the leg, but he shot him dead.  The enemy then ran away, pursued by Acting Corporal Clarke, who shot four more and captured a fifth. Later he was ordered to the dressing-station, but returned next day to duty.”

(London Gazette, no.29802, 26 October 1916)

Lionel (Leo) Beaumaurice Clarke was born in Waterdown, Ontario on 1 December 1892. On 9 September 1916 Corporal Clarke was with the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force when it attacked the German trench line in a 500 metre-wide salient in front of the town of Pozières, in France. Leading a party to clear the left flank, Clarke entered the trench and with his men forced his way toward the centre of the enemy position. Casualties were heavy, and Clarke eventually found himself contending with a German counterattack without any support. Despite a bayonet wound, he continued to fight alone, killing eighteen of the enemy and taking one prisoner. For his actions on this day, Corporal Clarke was awarded the Victoria Cross. A month later, on 5 October 1916, he was fatally injured when the blast from a shell caused him to be buried in a trench.

On 11 October 1916, Clarke's battalion was ordered forward to secure the newly captured Regina Trench which was still under heavy enemy artillery fire. Clarke was crouching in a hole at the rear of a trench when a shell exploded and the back of the trench caved in, burying him. His brother dug him out, but Clarke was paralyzed; the weight of the earth had crushed his back and injured his spine. Clarke was taken to No. 1 General Hospital, but died on 19 October. He is buried in Plot II, Row C, Grave 3A, in Etretat Churchyard Extension, 16 miles north of Le Havre, France. According to a contemporary newspaper article, shortly before his death he wrote his parents, stating: "I don't care so much for the Victoria Cross as getting home for a couple of months."

Clarke was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in the spring of 1917. It was presented, by the Duke of Devonshire (Governor General of Canada in 1917), to Leo's father before a crowd of 30,000.

Lieutenant Robert Shankland

Citation: “For most conspicuous bravery and resource in action under critical and adverse conditions. Having gained a position he rallied the remnant of his own platoon and men of other companies, disposed them to command the ground in front, and inflicted heavy casualties upon the retreating enemy. Later, he dispersed a counter-attack, thus enabling supporting troops to come up unmolested. He then personally communicated to Battalion Headquarters an accurate and valuable report as to the position on the Brigade frontage, and after doing so rejoined his command and carried on until relieved. His courage and splendid example inspired all ranks and coupled with his great gallantry and skill undoubtedly saved a very critical situation.”

(London Gazette, no.30433, 18 December 1917)

Robert Shankland was born in Ayr, Scotland, on 10 October 1887. He immigrated to Canada in 1911 and settled in Winnipeg, where he lived on Pine Street (later renamed Valour Road in honour of himself and two other Victoria Cross winners). He enlisted as a private, rose to regimental sergeant-major and earned the Distinguished Conduct Medal at Sanctuary Wood in June 1916. He was commissioned in the fall, on the Somme. Shankland earned the Victoria Cross in Passchendaele, Belgium, 26 October 1917 with the 43rd Infantry Battalion, fighting for the Bellevue Spur, one of the main lines of defence before Passchendaele. Having gained a position, he rallied the remnants of his own platoon and men from other companies, disposed them to command the ground in front, and proceeded to inflict heavy casualties upon the retreating enemy. Later, he dispersed a counter-attack, which enabled supporting troops to come up unmolested.

Following the war, Shankland stayed in the Militia with the Camerons and in his civilian work served as secretary-manager for several Winnipeg firms. He eventually moved to Victoria and joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment. When the Second World War started, he returned to Winnipeg and rejoined the Camerons. Now a Major, he went overseas with the battalion as Officer Commanding Headquarters Company. Due to his age (53) he was too old for combat duty. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, Shankland was appointed camp commandant of the Canadian Army Detention Barracks in England in December 1940.

According to the May/June 2005 issue of the Legion Magazine, "in 1946, Shankland took his discharge and became secretary of a leading securities firm in Vancouver. He died 20 January 1968, at Shaughnessy, Vancouver, and his body was cremated and his ashes scattered in the grounds of Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery."

Not a Member of the Wargaming Society

If you would like to participate in the Battle of Eylau Tournament of the fall 2019 Eylau-Friedland Tournament and/or the WWII Moscow '42 Tournament... If you are not a member... You can join the Wargaming Society and sign up for the tournament.. Check out our various Age of Napoleon Armies and find a regiment you would like to command... Interest in other eras... You can join more the one...

Visit: http://www.wargamingsociety.com/joinsociety/wgsenlist.htm

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