Previous service - 88th Regiment.
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A soldier named "R. B. MacPherson", described as a "shoeman" (in the footwear industry), had a letter and poem published in a Canadian shoe industry magazine called "The Shoe and Leather Journal", 15 December 1915, pg 42 (link to digitized version of original). Transcription of letter.
The soldier who wrote this letter appears to be Pte. Richard Basil McPherson of the 29th Battalion CEF. A soldier named "R. B. McPherson" had written another letter which was published in the September 15th, 1915 edition of this shoe industry magazine and included his photograph in uniform. McPherson was described as being in the 29th Battalion and training at Otterpool Camp, Shorncliffe, Kent, England. He had 12 years of experience in the shoe industry and had served with leading shoe firms in Victoria and Vancouver as a salesman and window dresser. He had won several prizes in window trimming competitions. He asked for "The Shoe and Leather Journal" magazine to be sent to the men overseas who were in the shoe trade in Canada. He also wrote: "We have had English army boots issued to us...They are very heavy, with plenty of nails and steel plates on the bottom and no give whatever, and are evidently made never to wear out."
- M. I. Pirie, August 2017