One Lucky Devil: The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow by Sampson J. GoodfellowOne Lucky Devil: The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow by Sampson J. Goodfellow

One Lucky Devil: The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow

bySampson J. GoodfellowEditorEdward Willett

Paperback | October 20, 2018

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Born in Scotland, Sampson J. Goodfellow emigrated to Toronto as a child. Like many young Canadian men, he returned to Europe to serve his new country in the First World War, first as a truck driver, then as a navigator on  Handley Page bombers.

Over a span of just six years, Sam witnessed Canada’s deadliest-ever tornado, sparred with world-champion lightweight boxers, survived seasickness and submarines, came under artillery fire at Vimy Ridge, was bombed by German aircraft while unloading shells at an ammunition dump at Passchendaele, joined the Royal Flying Corps, was top of his class in observer school, became a navigator, faced a court-martial for allegedly shooting up the King’s horse-breeding stables, survived being shot down by anti-aircraft fire, was captured at bayonet point and interrogated, became a prisoner of war in Germany...and, in the midst of all that, got engaged. 

When Sam was listed as missing, the family of his fiancée went to a fortuneteller for news of his fate. “You couldn’t kill that devil,” she told them. “He is alive and trying to escape.” She was right.

With a sharp eye, a keen mind, a strong body, and an acerbic tongue, Sam survived, as one RAF officer put it when he returned to England after the Armistice, “enough to be dead several times.”

“You have been through hell,” a military doctor told him, “and you have been very lucky as a soldier and airman.”

Sampson J. Goodfellow really was “one lucky devil.” This is his story, in his own words.

Sampson J. Goodfellow was an engineer, inventor and First World War veteran. Born in Scotland in 1892, he immigrated to Canada in 1902. He grew up in Toronto, where he apprenticed as a machinist. He worked briefly in Regina, Saskatchewan (where he was a member of the Regina Rugby Club, forerunners to today's Saskatchewan Roughriders Fo...
Title:One Lucky Devil: The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. GoodfellowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.45 inPublished:October 20, 2018Publisher:Shadowpaw PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1999382765

ISBN - 13:9781999382766

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Table of Contents


1. A Scottish Childhood

2. A New Country

3. A Machinist in Regina

4. Education and Enlistment

5. Farewell to Family

6. Not-so-Jolly Old England

7. Le Havre to the Somme

8. A Bad Winter

9. Vimy Ridge

10. Under Fire at Passchendaele

11. Into the Flying Corps

12. An Advanced Course

13. Bad Trouble in Bath

14. A Non-Military Engagement

15. Top of the Class

16. Court-Martial

17. “The Slaughter was Terrible”

18. “Good-bye, They Have Got You This Time!”

19. “I Want Your Squadron!”

20. Prisoner of War

21. Armistice

22. “A Dirty-Looking Devil”

23. Wedding Bells

24. A Return to Childhood Haunts

25. The Curious Case of the Zoological Gardens Steam Engine

26. “I Wish We Had More of Your Caliber”

27. The Canadians Run Amok

28. Officer in Charge

29. A New Life Begins

About Sam and Nancy Goodfellow

About the Editor