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Tyneside Pipers: First Day of the Somme

Posted By on July 1, 2019

Poppy Cross amidst the mud of the Soome.

Poppy cross amidst the field of battle…somewhere on the Somme.
(P. Ferguson image, September 2017)

La Boiselle this day so many years ago…

This Day – 1 July 2019

When I can…I walk this ground, towards La Boiselle…

We are in this place, peaceful now, but where the hearts of men once beat with adrenaline as they advanced. Their rhythms interrupted by the stuttering power of the seemingly endless machine gun, the burst of shell, grenade and all matter of hurt. Today we can only hope that the souls of those who fell here are at rest and that the souls of their surviving friends (in their day) found peace once again. All I can do as a visitor is hope…to wander…see…and record…my thoughts this same day but for 2019.

That Day – 1 July 1916

The Tynesiders were on our right, and, as they got the signal to advance, I saw a piper – I think he was the Pipe Major – jump out of the trench and marched straight towards the German lines. The tremendous rattle of machine gun and rifle fire completely drowned the sound of his pipes, but he was obviously playing as though he would burst the bag, and, faintly through the roar of battle, we heard the mighty cheer his comrades gave as they swarmed after him. How he escaped I can’t understand, for the ground was literally ploughed up by the hail of bullets; but he bore a charmed life, and the last glimpse I have of him as we, too, dashed out showed him still marching erect, playing on regardless of the flying bullets and of the men dropping all around him. (A War Correspondent)

(Seton and Grant, Pipes of War, University Press, 1920 p. 25)

At that time, 1 July 1916, four Pals battalions (Northumberland Fusiliers) of the 102nd (Tyneside Scottish) Brigade advanced. The 20th Battalion (1st Tyneside Scottish), 21st Battalion (2nd Tyneside Scottish), 22nd Battalion (3rd Tyneside Scottish) and the 23rd Battalion (4th Tyneside Scottish). The attack commenced at 7:30 am with the battalion played into the battle by their pipers.

Near La Boiselle.. Looking from the Memorial at Lochnagar Crater.

Near La Boiselle. Looking from the Memorial at Lochnagar Crater, Somme, France.
(P. Ferguson image, September 2006)

The First Day of the Somme saw the Tynesiders attack up through Mash Valley towards the Glory Hole at La Boiselle. Starting from the Tara-Usna Line from behind the British front line they had to cross 1 mile of open ground before coming upon no man’s land. About 50 men managed to survive across this terrain and into Sausage Valley located south of La Boiselle and very near to Contalmaison. This was the furthest advance of the day, but for these men, they would spend the rest of their Great War as prisoners of war.

The 102nd (Tyneside Scottish) Brigade suffered the worst losses of any brigade on this black day of the British Army. The day was bleak the British army suffering 57,470 casualties of which 19,240 were fatal.

20th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (1st Tyneside Scottish)
584 casualties – 320 killed

21st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (2nd Tyneside Scottish)
Total casualties unknown – 131 killed

22nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (3rd Tyneside Scottish)
537 casualties – 162 killed

23rd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (4th Tyneside Scottish)
23rd Battalion     629 casualties – 240 killed

Looking towards the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Looking across the battlefields towards the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
(P. Ferguson image, October 2009)

The Tyneside Battalion Pipers
List of Pipers compiled from Seton and Grant Pipes of War. I have provided amendments to this record. In addition, several service numbers are given in Pipes of War only as partial numbers. Many are not included in this listing.

1st Tyneside Scottish
Pipe Major John Wilson.
Awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field.

Lance Corporal Garnet Wolsley Fyfe (Killed) 20/237
Shown in Commonwealth War Graves Commission as 23rd Battalion [4th Tyneside Scottish].
Buried at Ovillers Military Cemetery, France.

Piper Alex Boyd (Wounded)

Piper Ernest Arthur Boyce (Missing) 20/223
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Piper E. Scott (Wounded)

Piper Stephens (Wounded)

Piper John William Fellows (Missing) 20/1585
No. 1 Company. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Piper James Downie (Missing) 20/154
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Piper Charles McLean (Wounded)

Piper Robert Davidson (Missing) 20/1594
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Piper William Inglis (Wounded)
Recorded as Wounded as well as Killed in Pipes of War. Not traced in Commonwealth War Graves Commission records.

Piper George Taylor MM. Awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field.

2nd Tyneside Scottish
Piper Munro Strachan

Piper John Strachan (Wounded)

Piper Alex Scott

Piper William Alexander Scott (Missing) 21/1230
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Lance Corporal W. Clark

Piper G.C. Griffiths

Piper James Phillips (Killed) 21/1151
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Piper J.M. Phillips MM 1225

Piper James Phillips Mentioned in Despatches 1525
After his pipes were shattered he began bombing the enemy trenches.

Piper James Carnegie

3rd Tyneside Scottish*
Piper A. Boyd (Wounded)

Piper J. Stephens (Wounded)

Piper J. Steele (Killed)
A Joseph Steele is recorded as killed 1 July 1916 with the 2nd Tyneside Scottish. No other details traced.

Piper E. Finley (Killed)

Piper R. Greaves (Died of Wounds)
Not traced in Commonwealth War Graves Commission records.

Piper T. Wilson (Killed)
Not traced in Commonwealth War Graves Commission records.

* (Service numbers not published in Pipes of War)

4th Tyneside Scottish

Pipers’ names not recorded in Pipes of War.

Fine Cutlery and Rooms of Nations

Posted By on June 22, 2019

French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau.

French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau 1906 – 1909 and 1917 – 1920.
(Wiki Images)

Il est plus facile de faire la guerre que la paix.
It is far easier to make war than to make peace.
Georges Clemenceau

The Versailles Hotels

Today the menu may include pumpkin soup, roasted sea bass, and “Taboureich” oysters together with Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne. Nearer to the time…of our interest…Filets de soles Jean-bart, Jambon madère et épinards and Crême d’Isigny.

The Trianon Palace Hotel, Versailles, France.

The Trianon Palace Hotel, Versailles, France.

We contemplate…to imagine and wonder over menus…setting our stage. The discussions of a past that affects our today occurred here amongst the fine cutlery and rooms of nations. Delegations gathered here at Versailles for the Paris Peace Conference…the British at the Trianon Palace and the Germans at the Hotel Reservoir. What were the words shared here about a difficult most recent past? Meeting upon meeting – 145 informal gatherings… decisions made by Allied nations to confront another – Germany.

Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau

Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau, leader of the German delegation to the Paris Peace Conference 1919.
(Wiki Image)

In an extremely tense plenary session in the Trianon Palace on May 17, 1919, Clemenceau handed the treaty to Count Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau, head of the 160-member German delegation. As he did so, the French leader spat out in cold, biting language that “it is neither the time nor the place for superfluous words…The time has come when we must settle our accounts. You have asked for peace,” Clemenceau concluded. “We are ready to give you peace.” In a shocking move, the Germans had decided not to rise in receiving the document from Clemenceau… (Crucible of Power.  Howard Jones, 2008, p. 110).

Repercussions for a hundred years and more…

Hôtel des Réservoirs, Versailles, France.

Hôtel des Réservoirs, Versailles, France.

Fellowship

Posted By on May 29, 2019

The Murrayville War Memorial.

The Murrayville War Memorial near Langley, British Columbia…shadows in the mist.
(P. Ferguson image, October 2018)

A late night to be sure

Trees hang over the road…this way home. Dark as those that absorb all light, blue-black sky, silver ripples bared across the water. To write of the night…the dark…exceptional stillness, save for scampering thoughts. This night I have been, watched and listened.

Northern France...our guardian trees. (P. Ferguson image, April 2007)

Northern France…our guardian trees.
(P. Ferguson image, April 2007)

I have seen trees as witnesses, branches as arms, fingers reaching – pointing across to the presences they sense. And those limbless ones, memorial shards to the dark days of men. There is hope in trees, but within their bark a record of hurt…blemishes upon their rings…they are their own fellowship…I have a perception that trees are wise.

Tree section in the In Flanders Fields Museum.

Tree section on exhibit at the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium. The black blemishes of the Great War within its 177 rings.
(P. Ferguson image, November 2018)

Our folly, with our thinking, to find a way to speak for all to see, to hear…a soft waver within…what are words without meaning, to play with expression…a watch to keep…the trees beating hearts pulse in the gentle flutter of their leaves. The day rests with its wisdom to begin tomorrow as shepherds of trees watch in a vacuum of diminishing light.

Punchbowl Crater, National Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii.

Punchbowl Crater, National Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii. Tree roots entwined with the marker to Ernest C. Anderson, 29th Marines.
(P. Ferguson image, August 2010)

To what do I speak? Images from a film this night that explores an imagination of one man…Tolkien. Middle ground my middle earth stretching to find in his imagination my own. The paths to Mordor, Sindarin Black Land…dark as those that absorb all light. How many of us experience the realms within this earth and sky, amongst all things spirit, ent, wraith and burning eye?

Imagination – the silent voice of creativity and now to find the pen.

Brookwood Military Cemetery.  The reddening of the leaves, nature bleeds.(P. Ferguson image, September 2010)

Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England. The reddening of the leaves. Nature bleeds.
(P. Ferguson image, September 2010)

Sleep On Dear Son…

Posted By on May 10, 2019

Meditating Deer, Ross Bay Cemetery

Meditating deer, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

Ross Bay’s Great War

A recent weekend provided opportunity for a wandering about of Victoria’s Ross Bay Cemetery. Stretched alongside Dallas Road with refreshing views and sounds of water pondering at the nearby shoreline…I breathe deeply…there is salt in the air today. A goodly time has passed since I last truly wandered this story-scape – in between the markers and with ample time for searching. There are no restrictions to impede my interests today.

European Wall Lizard, Ross Bay Cemetery

Seldom stationary, a skittish European Wall Lizard basks in the sun at Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

My gaze is intermittently-interrupted by numerous deer who, though occasionally curious, are more interested in meditating amongst this nature or tugging at the grass. A striding crow or two bounces about and seagulls flow passing amongst and sometimes alighting upon the markers. There is tranquility here though the ricocheting activities of springtime squirrels, the darting of heat-seeking lizards and low-level fuzzy “bumbles” also adds delight to the day’s sun and ambience.

Bumblebee, Ross Bay Cemetery

The steady drone of a bumblebee adds to the day’s tranquility.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

My survey, over these recent two days, has produced new learning that I share today with earlier findings. I especially search for family memorials that record Great War and Second World War losses though within the mix I stop to photograph various War Graves and Veterans headstones…but that work is for another time. In all I will spend some eight hours here amongst the nature and read the stone story books calling me towards their direction. The air is fresh, there is more to discover, something missed, something found…something re-found as well as known markers not found. I like it this way…steady roaming…a good day here amongst my meditations.

Ross Bay Cemetery Survey

Agnew Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

Agnew Family Memorial
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

Augustus Waterous Agnew

Augusts Waterous Agnew, Courcelette, France

AND ALSO OF THEIR SON
AUGUSTUS WATEROUS AGNEW
BORN IN MONTREAL, QUEBEC
MAJOR 3RD CANADIAN PIONEERS
48th BATTN. CEF
WHO FELL IN ACTION
AT COURCELETTE, SEPTEMBER 1916
BURIED AT CONTAY, FRANCE
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Archer Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Archer Memorial
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

Irving Archer

Archer Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

IN MEMORY OF
IRVING ARCHER
BORN IN LONDON, ENG.
KILLED IN ACTION
AUGUST 10TH 1918
AGED 37
BURIED IN FRANCE
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Beyon Family Memorial

Beynon Family Memorial.
(P. Ferguson image, September 2004)

George Philip Beynon

Ross Bay Cemetery Beynon Memorial

In
loving memory of
PTE.
GEORGE PHILIP BEYNON
of 67th Rgt.
Killed in Action
June 10, 1917
At the Battle of
Vimy Ridge
Aged 19
(P. Ferguson image, 2014)

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Brewster Family Memorial

Brewster Family Memorial
(P. Ferguson image, September 2019)

Raymond Harlan Brewster

Brewster Family Memorial

RAYMOND HARLAN
BREWSTER
BORN
DEC. 25. 1893
AT WINTER HILL
SOMERVILLE, MASS
KILLED IN ACTION
NOV .1.1918.FRANCE
(P. Ferguson image, September 2019)

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Campbell Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Campbell Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

W.A. Campbell

Campbell Memorial

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CAPT. W.A. CAMPBELL
SON OF
W.A. CAMPBELL
CHATHAM ONT
DIED AFTER ACTIVE SERVICE
IN FRANCE
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Lovick and Cutt Family Memorial

Lovick and Cutt Family Memorial.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

A.H.G. (Hubert) Cutt

Lovick and Cutt Family Memorial

A.H.G. (HUBERT) CUTT
C.E.F., 7 BATT. 1914 – 1919
1894 – 1948
BELOVED BY ALL
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Davies Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Davies Family Memorial
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

John T. Davies

Davies Family Memorial

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN T. DAVIES,
BORN AUG. 22. 1892
50 GORDONS 16 BATT. 1ST C.E.F.
FELL IN ACTION MAY 20. 1915
HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ME
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Dowler and Williams Family Memorial.

Dowler and Williams Family Memorial.
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019)

J.W. Dowler

LIEUT. J.W. DOWLER VIMY 1917

LIEUT. J.W. DOWLER VIMY 1917
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019)

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Dunsmuir Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Dunsmuir Family Memorial
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

James Dunsmuir Jr.

Dunsmuir Memorial

IN MEMORY OF
JAMES DUNSMUIR JR.
LOST IN THE “LUSITANIA” ON MAY 7TH 1915,
AGED 21 YEARS
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Elliott Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Elliott Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, September 2018)

George W. Elliott and Fred Fletcher Elliott

Elliott Family Memorial Ross Bay Cemetery

PTE. GEORGE W.
born April 7, 1893
and
Lieut. F.
Fletcher
born Jan. 26, 1891
sons of
Rev. Wm. & Mrs.
ELLIOTT
fell at Ypres
Apr. 24, 1915
and
June 3, 1916
respectively
(P. Ferguson image, September 2018)

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Roderick Hamilton Finlayson

Finlayson Family Memorial

BURIED AT LE TOUQUET, FRANCE
LIEUT. RODERICK HAMILTON FINLAYSON
7TH BATTN 1st CANADIAN B.E.F.
DIED OF WOUNDS APRIL 20TH 1917, AFTER VIMY RIDGE
AGED 21 YEARS
ONLY SON OF W.H. AND JANE FINLAYSON
AND GRANDSON OF RODERICK AND SARAH FINLAYSON
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Galt Family Memorial. (P. Ferguson image, May 2019)

Galt Family Memorial.
(Plot to right).
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019)

John Galt

Lieutenant John Galt.

LIEUT. JOHN GALT
KILLED IN THE GREAT WAR
1915, AGED 24
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019).

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Gray Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Gray Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, September 2004)

George Robert Gray

Gray family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

GEORGE ROBERT GRAY (ROBIN)
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
OCT. 31 1917. AGED 19 YEARS
(P/ Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Holmes Family Memorial.

Holmes Family Memorial.
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019).

William Dumbleton Holmes

Captain William Dumbleton Holmes D.S.O., M.C.

HOLMES
1893 CAPTAIN WILLIAM DUMBLETON 1916
D.S.O. M.C. K/A YPRES
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019)

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Irving Family Memorial.

Irving Family Memorial.
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019).

A. Beaufin Irving

Lieutenant A. Beaufin Irving.

IN MEMORY OF
LT A. BEAUFIN IRVING
KILLED IN ACTION
NOVEMBER 1916
AGED 26 YEARS
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019).

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C.B. Johnston

Johnston Memorial

PTE. C.B. JOHNSTON
7TH CDN. INF. BN.
DIED DEC. 30TH 1920
AGED 26 YEARS
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Litchfield Family Memorial.

Litchfield Family Memorial.
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019).

Richard Litchfield

Cadet Richard William Reginald Litchfield.

CADET RICHARD WILLIAM
REGINALD LITCHFIELD
ROYAL AIR FORCE
DIED AT CAMP BEAMSVILLE, ONT.
MAY 2, 1918
AGED 22 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019).

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Gerald D. Miller

Miller Memorial

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
LIEUT GERALD D. MILLER
SERVED OVERSEAS WITH
1ST DIV. C.F.A.
DIED SEPT 14, 1919
AGED 24 YEARS
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Nation Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Nation Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

George Walter Nation

Nation Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery


AND OF THEIR DEAR SON
LIEUT. GEORGE WALTER
NATION
7TH BATTALION CANADIAN LIGHT
INFANTRY, BORN JULY 31ST 1894
KILLED IN ACTION NEAR ZILLEBEKE
FLANDERS, JULY 25TH 1916.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Patton Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Patton Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

Robert Patton

Patton Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

16345
PTE ROBERT PATTON, 7TH BN C.E.F.
ACCIDENTLY DROWNED NEAR RESTHAVEN M.C.H.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Paul Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Paul Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

Horace (Tod) John Stewart Paul

Paul Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

BELOVED SON
1891 HORACE (TOD) J.S. 1917
KILLED IN ACTION AT VIMY RIDGE
BURIED AT LA TARGETTE
NEAR NEUVILLE ST. VAAST, FRANCE
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Edward Eric Pearson

Pearson Memorial

IN MEMORY OF
EDWARD ERIC PEARSON
5TH BATTN.
BORN JULY 19. 1895
DIED FEB. 26. 1920.
HE DID HIS DUTY
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Pemberton Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Pemberton Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, September 2004)

F. Despard Pemberton and Warren C. Pemberton

Permberton Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

[IN LOVING MEMORY OF]

CAPT. F. DESPARD PEMBERTON R.F.C.
BORN 15 SEP. 1893
KILLED IN ACTION 21 AUG. 1917
AND
LIEUT. WARREN C. PEMBERTON R.F.C.
BORN 1 DEC, 1895
KILLED OVERSEAS 25 APRIL 1916
(P. Ferguson image, September 2004)

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Peters Family Memorial.

Peters Family Memorial.
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019).

John [Jack] Franklyn Peters and Gerald Hamilton Peters

Peters Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

IN PROUD AND UNDYING
MEMORY OF
JACK PTE 7TH BN
MISSING SINCE ST JULIEN
APRIL 24TH 1915 AGED 22
OH BRAVE TRUE HEART
GOD BLESS THEE
WHERE SO ER THOU ART
(P. Ferguson image, September 2018)

Peters Family Memorial

IN PROUD AND ADORING
MEMORY OF
GERALD LIEUT 7TH BN.
KILLED IN ACTION ZILLEBEKE
JUNE 3RD 1916 AGED 2_
SOUL OF MY SOUL WE
SHALL MEET AGAIN
WITH GOD BE THE REST
(P. Ferguson image, September 2018)

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Scott Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Blayney Scott Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

Blayney Scott

Scott Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
LIEUT. BLAYNEY SCOTT
SERVED OVERSEAS WITH
2ND C.M.R. C.F.A. R.A.F.
DIED NOV. 9. 1919
AGED 28 YEARS
(WELL DONE BLAYNEY)
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Scott Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Tom Scott Family Memorial
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

Tom H. Scott

Scott Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

SERGT TOM H. SCOTT
SON OF THE ABOVE
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
SEPT. 22. 1918.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Spencer Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Spencer Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, September 2004)

John Norman Spencer

Spencer Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

In Loving Memory
of
JOHN NORMAN SPENCER
BORN JANUARY 25TH 1892
KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE
JULY 13TH, 1917
SLEEP ON DEAR SON
IN A SOLDIER’S GRAVE,
YOUR LIFE FOR YOUR
COUNTRY, YOU NOBLY GAVE
(P. Ferguson image, September 2004)

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Stewart Family Plot, Ross Bay Cemetery

Stewart Family Plot, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

Geo. A.C. Stewart

Stewart Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

[IN LOVING MEMORY OF]

GUNNER GEO. A.C.
2nd DIV. 16TH BATTY.
SON OF
JAMES & JENNIE
STEWART
DIED IN
LONDON. ENG. 1919
AGED 21 YEARS
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Tait Family Memorial.

Tait Family Memorial.
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019).

Mortimer H. Tait

Private Latimer H. Tait.

PTE. LATIMER H. TAIT
7TH CANADIAN BATTALION
FEB 19 1896 AUG 15 1917
AT HILL 70 FRANCE.
(P. Ferguson image, May 2019).

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Wilkinson Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Wilkinson Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, July 2015)

John Wilkinson

Gnr. John Wilkinson, Gassed at Passchendaele, March 9, 1919

Wilkinson Family Memorial.

In
Loving Memory
of
GUNNER JOHN
WILKINSON
Beloved Husband
of
MARGARET CURRAN
WILKINSON
Gassed at
Passchendaele
Nov. 16, 1917
Died March 9, 1919
Aged 28 Years
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Wolfe Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

Wolfe Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

R.C. Wolfe

Wolfe Family Memorial, Ross Bay Cemetery

IN MEMORY OF
OUR BELOVED SON
PTE. R.C. WOLFE 7TH BATT. C.E.F.
DIED IN GERMANY NOV 7TH 1918
AGE 23 YEARS
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT
A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
(P. Ferguson image, March 2019)

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Did you know?

Victoria’s Ross Bay Cemetery was established in 1873 and occupies an area of 27.5 acres comprising some 27,000 graves.

Ross Bay Cemetery Records are available online and can be searched at the City of Victoria Archives.

Ross Bay Cemetery Map.

Several tours are offered throughout the year hosted by members of the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria.

Biographical details of these Ross Bay commemorations to follow.

Wash Away the Rain

Posted By on April 10, 2019

Black Hole photographed for the first time.

The first photograph of a Black Hole, once called a Frozen Star
(Event Horizon Telescope April 10, 2019)

Black Holes and the Pale Blue Dot: Creation and Destruction

Black holes are so dense and have such strong gravity that anything that crosses their threshold — known as the event horizon — gets pulled into them, never to return. That includes both matter and light, making them black and invisible.
(Nicole Mortillaro, CBC News, April 10, 2019)

By no means can I hope to comprehend the heavens above and below. The universe is all around in all places, all beings, all creation, void or filled. And yet with today’s first image of a black hole and refracted words from Chris Cornell swimming within my person, our world, this place is mixed within all my thoughts, my words for all today.

Earth as seen from Space.

Earth as seen from Space.
(Wiki Image)

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
(Carl Sagan, Astronomer)

From pale blue dot to black hole I linger this day…thinking about the more of creation, how action and reaction, occurrence and consequence enfilades our lives. And though today is for celebration (an achievement) my day is also gnawed upon with the pulsating drone of Soundgarden refracted throughout my musings…Black Hole Sun Won’t You Come and Wash Away the Rain. Black Hole Sun Won’t You Come Won’t You Come.

Black Hole Sun.

Promotional illustration Black Hole Sun.
Written by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell
(1994)

Never to return, we have seen the unseen…light, dark…wisdom from science…Sagan, Oppenheimer, Einstein, too many for me to grasp. Though the day brings to me the wonderment of all creation it is refracted by our appetite for destruction…the less of creation. Within science there is achievement, but so too there is destruction.  The event horizon of two atomic bombs whose mushroom clouds live deep in our chaos…What if we set the sky on fire? asked the scientists…or of a lone Piper on a Great War field of battle:

My Dear Mother, This is not a war at all. It’s scientific slaughter.
(From the letters of Piper James Cleland Richardson V.C.)

Let us hope that the darkness of our science; Gatlings, Mines, Shrapnel, Vickers and Maschinegewehrs, Chlorine and Mustard gases, V1s, V2s, Kamikazes, Fatman, Little Boy, Napalm, Agent Orange, Weaponized Bacteria and so many more that we do not become our own self-inflicted black hole (sun), all consuming, densely filled with our fragments, never to return..black and invisible.

Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
(J. Robert Oppenheimer, Theoretical Physicist,
Wartime Head Los Alamos Laboratory, Manhattan Project)

Atomic Bomb Nagasaki.

The mushroom cloud formed by the detonation of the atomic bomb “Fatman” on Nagasaki, Japan, August 9, 1945.
(Wiki Image)

The release of atomic power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to the problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known. I should have become a watchmaker.
(Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist, 1945)