Edward Moyle Stick #2145

Edward Moyle Stick grew up in a family of five boys and two girls. His brothers, Leonard  and James Robin Jr. both enlisted in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment on October 1st 1914.

In February 1915, Moyle Stick enlisted for one-year home service with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) in England. He served with the RAMC for 9 months before, in 1916, he joined the 1st Battalion of the  Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Edward saw active duty until he was captured by Germans at Monchy le Prieur on April 14th 1917 (he was unwounded). During his active duty, he fought at Goudecourt.

Moyle Stick remained a Prisoner of War from his capture until he escaped on March 29th 1918. After his escape he returned to Newfoundland. It was determined that he be retained in the Army. Through a trial of contestation, he was discharged on June 6th 1918 because he was “an escaped prisoner of war”* and wished to continue his academic studies in the sciences. 

Edward Moyle Stick served for 286 days.

In 1943, Moyle Stick became the Commanding Officer of the Newfoundland Regiment. Moyle Stick served in this position until the war ended and was the longest serving Commanding Officer.

Visit the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Museum to see Edward Moyle Stick’s collection. This includes a copy of his manuscript detailing his time as a Prisoner of War in World War One. 

*The Rooms’ Edward Moyle Stick Collection: https://www.therooms.ca/stick-moyle-edward-moyle-j

Ron Blake, 166th Artillery

Ron Blake enlisted while at school in November 1941. He trained in England before being commissioned to service in April 1943. His twin brother, Peter Blake, joined the Black Watch and was also commissioned in 1943.

Ron served with the 79th Field Regiment  (part of the 52nd Lowland (Mountain) Division) – Scottish Regiment. On January 10th, 1944, Blake was transferred to the 166th Artillery Regiment. It was the 166th that he spent most of his time during the war. Eventually, Blake was placed in the troop commanded by a 24-year-old Cam Eaton. 

Learn more about Ron Blake’s experience during the war from his diary. A copy is held here at the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Museum.

Sergeant James Dunphy

Sergeant James Dunphy (#3364) was a fisherman and sailor from Tors Cove, Newfoundland. He enlisted on December 26th, 1916 and went on to serve with the 1st Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Having trained in England, he served in France from June 11th, 1917 to August 26th, 1917. During his service, Dunphy also fought on the front lines in Belgium at Ypres for 4 months in 1917.  

In August 1917, James Dunphy sustained gunshot wounds to his left shoulder and right leg. He received medical attention for the rest of 1917, through to his discharge from the Regiment in 1919. 

He left service in the rank of Sergeant. 

On January 21st, 1919, Sergeant James Dunphy accompanied Thomas Ricketts (#3102) to York Cottage on King George V, Sandringham Estate for Ricketts’ private investiture of the Victoria Cross. 

Visit the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Museum to see a portrait of James Dunphy on display.