Nova Scotia

Family seeks stolen WWI war photos

A Cape Breton family is on the hunt for some very special photographs that were stolen from their family home near Gabarus, N.S. on Saturday.

Owner says nothing else of value missing

MacDonald said a total of four photographs were taken, the two portraits as well as a photo of the 185th machine gun section and a group shot taken in 1918. (Courtesy of Rev. Andrew MacDonald)

A Cape Breton family is on the hunt for some very special photographs that were stolen from their family home near Gabarus, N.S. on Saturday, the day before Remembrance Day.

Rev. Andrew MacDonald, a minister in Whycocomagh, said wartime pictures of his great grandfather Pte. Murdock Dan MacLeod and his great uncle Pte. John MacLeod were removed during a break-in on Saturday.  

MacDonald said both served in World War I. He said his great uncle John, a private with the 185th Cape Breton Highlanders and later the 42nd Black Watch Regiment, died in a significant battle.

Pte. John MacLeod was killed at Passchendale Ridge on Oct. 31, 1917. His grave is in Belgium. (Courtesy of Rev. Andrew MacDonald)

"In fact my uncle John was killed at Passchendaele ... so these are really one of the only connections we have to him because unfortunately he never came back."  

MacDonald said the pictures were on the wall of the home and had been there for decades. He has put copies on his Facebook page and is travelling through the community stopping at antique stores and any other places where the pictures might be sold.   

"It's a fully furnished house but they went after these photographs which had been there for [about] 100 years and it was the only thing they seem to have taken," said MacDonald.  

"I guess they thought that the frames are valuable or war photos are valuable and they thought they could probably get away with it really easy but I'm trying to make sure that it's not as easy for them."  

MacDonald said a total of four photographs were taken: the two portraits, a photo of the 185th machine gun section and a group shot taken in 1918.  

He is asking anyone with information to call him or to contact the RCMP.

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