War Art

“Do You Remember?”

The wartime sketches of 192437 Cpl-Lt John E. Banton 15th Battalion

Bombing section No. 4 platoon No. 1 Company  15th Battalion 13 Aug 1917 prior to Hill 70.
Privates Estaffe, Blackall and Hunter KIA.  Banton  commissioned.
Foster, McKenna, Kemp, Erwin and Turk survive war.
About the artist
         Lt John E. Banton was the unofficial artist of the 15th Battalion whose pencil sketches depicted life at the Front
         and in the trenches. These period sketches are preserved in the archives of the 48th Highlanders Regimental     
         museum. The artist attested into the 92nd Battalion CEF on 14 Aug 1915 as Private John Erwin Banton. He was
         sent in a reinforcement draft to the 15th Battalion. No. 1 Company, No. 4 Platoon, Bombing section.  He was 
         commissioned from the rank of Corporal in early 1918 and finished the war as a Lieutenant with the 15th Battalion.
         His son Major D. Banton served with the 1st Bn 48th Highlanders during World War II.