On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
Here a few more of the pictures belonging to my maternal grandfather from when he was part of the Mexican Expedition chasing Pancho Villa in 1916-17. I don’t know exactly where he was stationed but when I can finally get a copy of his military records, I should be able to find out. He was born on July 4th, 1895 so he was barely in his twenties when he set out on this adventure.
Here’s my grandfather kitted out for a trek out into the field.
Here, others are getting ready as well. There’s a big container labelled “oats” in the center of the group.
Like most military bases, they had to rely on locals for certain services. The size of that river is probably a good tell as to where this is. More research is in order.
This might be my grandfather writing a letter home from the field.
I’m guessing they supplemented their diet with some local protein sources.
Sometimes, they were successful. That’s my grandfather with the tasty looking possum.
This fellow is in several pictures including the two previous. I never spent much time with my grandfather but when I did, he had some stories.
This picture is motion blurred and probably not of my grandfather but I feel that it gives a great sense of the dust and heat and physical drudgery that these troops had to deal with. From here, he ended up in Belgium fighting in the trenches. After the war, he was part of the occupying forces in Germany. My next submission will include pictures from his time in Germany.