Source: Mentioned in War Diary wounding with Lt. MacDonald at Lens.
Source: “Summary Report of Hill 70 Action August 14 to 18, 1917”. 18th Battalion Canadian War Diary. August 1917.
C & D in Front Line.
A Co in Tunnel B Co at
Lt Dougal & patrol of “C” Co men (Sgt. Routley and others) went to ALOOF trench about noon. Reported enemy defences strongly held and were fired on from different points. 2 of party being killed, 2 wounded. Finding themselves nearly surrounded they sent up SOS and returned behind it protection. An Officer’s patrol of Lt Dougall, McDonald & Sloane on returning from patrol had Mills grenade thrown at the by a man in “C” Co outpost killing Lt. McDonald [MacDonald] and wounding Lt. Sloan in hand.[i]
[i] This is the first instance of a recorded friendly fire incident in the War Diary.
010445-25 Melvin Raye SLOAN, 29, Foreman Automobile Industry, Chatham, Walkerville, s/o Samuel SLOAN (b. Canada) & Mary Jane LANEY; married Phyllis THORBURN, 25, Bookkeeper, Windsor, Walkerville, d/o William THORBURN (b. Canada) & Margaret BENNETT; wit Samuel Gordon SLOAN, Chatham & Elizabeth T. BLACKMOND, Detroit, 5 Aug 1925, Walkerville.