Captain Philip Jensen
Canadian Royal Highlanders Regiment
Newfoundlander Captain Jensen, serving with the Canadian Army, was gassed and badly wounded at Ypres. Treated at a Red Cross station, he credited the staff with saving his life. Back in Newfoundland, he travelled the province talking about his experience and raising money to open Jensen Camp, a tuberculosis hospital.
"A ward to hold ten beds was then erected with a sun sitting-room." “An Account of the Jensen Camp”
Evening Telegram, St. John’s, July 31st, 1917
Many soldiers contracted tuberculosis from overseas living conditions. In 1916, a sanatorium—“Jensen Camp”— opened in St. John’s to isolate and care for those with the disease. During their “rest cure,” patients read, knitted or made crafts. It was named for Captain Philip Jensen of Harbour Breton, its fundraising leader.
Private Allan Tetford
Royal Newfoundland Regiment #3549
Allan Tetford from Laurenceton suffered gunshot wounds in 1918. In the 1950s, chest pain sent him to hospital in Botwood. This chest x-ray revealed a bullet, undetected for years. Doctors decided not to operate and the bullet remained in Allan’s chest until his death in 1973.
Lance Corporal Albert Chaffey
Royal Newfoundland Regiment #2337
Gunshot wounds cost Albert Chaffey his right leg and damaged his left. Fitted with one prosthetic leg, he was sent home to Musgravetown with this wheelchair. Because it was unsuitable for outport roads, Albert used crutches instead. He also modified a 1930 Model A Ford so he could drive it.
Private Frederick (“Fred”) George Roberts
Royal Newfoundland Regiment #440
Fred Roberts lost his arm when shot at Beaumont-Hamel and returned to Change Islands with this prosthetic. His father’s will requested that “all his brothers . . . do all in their power to compensate him for the loss of his arm, and to assist in making his life pleasant.”