Lieutenant Alexander Joseph Gleam
“All my men are down and out,” Lt. Alex Gleam writes to Capt. W. Thompson. ”Am afraid they will balk.”
“Your men will go forward as ordered,” Thompson relies. “Any man who refuses is to be shot … Buck up, and get relieved to-night. The spirit of your message is not becoming a British officer.”
(General Court Martial of Lt. A.J. Gleam, 19 Sept 1917)
After being stripped of his commission and expelled from the Canadian Expeditionary Force, ex-Lt. Alex Gleam returned to Canada. Despite this record, by the Second World War he had been elected president of the West Vancouver branch of the Canadian Legion. He died in British Columbia on 15 July 1969.
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