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Prisoner 5-1-11; The memoir of Harry Laird, 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, 1914-1918


Limited Edition Reprint Series No.6

Prisoner 5-1-11 is the unique memoir of Harry Laird, 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles. Laird was a typical young Canadian farmer who enthusiastically enlisted in 1914. His brief war came to an end on the battlefield of the infamous Ypres Salient, when on June 2nd, 1916 he had the misfortune to be holding the line at Mount Sorrel. Within hours Laird’s battalion was decimated and a badly wounded Harry Laird was taken prisoner. This is Laird’s unique story of life as a POW in the Kaiser’s Germany and then his subsequent experience as a Canadian internee in Switzerland. Prisoner 5-1-11 was originally published in 1919.

by Harry Laird, 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles