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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.

Agnes 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)

Never say goodbye

Posted By on March 16, 2019

The Story of Peter Pan for Little People.

The Story of Peter Pan for Little People.
(R. Ferguson image, March 2019)

Far away in the Never-Never-Never-Land, the Lost Boys lived in a forest…
They lived like moles under the ground.
The Story of Peter Pan For Little People (A New Home, pp. 32-33)

Alone and discarded among other former memories. Spine broken – fitted with an assortment of mending tape. Once read…many times read, the life passed from its pages..now reborn by a caring hand that knew another story it could tell…of a lost boy close to author James Matthew Barrie.

George Frampton's Peter Pan statue at Kensington Gardens, London.

George Frampton’s Peter Pan statue at Kensington Gardens, London.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2017)

George Llewellyn Davies served in the Great War…a Second Lieutenant with the 6th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, attached to the Rifle Brigade. In his youth George was Barrie’s inspiration for the character of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.  One famous line, described as memorable,  To die will be an awfully big adventure succumbs to Davies’ Great War when on March 15, 1915…George joined the lost boys of many families. George Llewellyn Davies is buried at Voormezeele Enclosure No.3, Voormezeele, near Ieper (Ypres), Belgium.

The ducks at Kensington Gardens, London. (P. Ferguson image, March 2017).

The ducks in the Serpentine, Kensington Gardens, London.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2017).

Frampton’s statue was commissioned by Barrie and appeared overnight, without permissions, 30 April 1912. Barrie published the following note, There is a surprise in store for the children who go to Kensington Gardens to feed the ducks in the Serpentine this morning. Down by the little bay on the south-western side of the tail of the Serpentine they will find a May-day gift by Mr J.M. Barrie, a figure of Peter Pan blowing his pipe on the stump of a tree, with fairies and mice and squirrels all around. It is the work of Sir George Frampton, and the bronze figure of the boy who would never grow up is delightfully conceived. (The Times, 1 May 1912).

George Llewellyn Davies, Voormezeele

Alongside George Llewellyn Davies, at Voormezeele Enclosure No. 3, Belgium.
(P. Ferguson image, September 2006).

Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away, and away means forgetting.
Peter Pan
J.M. Barrie, 1904

The Lost Things

Posted By on February 24, 2019

Pipes of J.C. Richardson VC

The pipes of James Cleland Richardson…once lost…now found…the stories in reminders.
(Pipes of War image, ca. 2012).

The Reminders Before Us

And they come back to us in our dreams…in ways that reminders place themselves before us…we see them with our eyes, our hearts…hear their soft rasp beside our ears and at night with a gentle breeze across our pillow – as if their virtual hand remains there to remind us – we are safe. They are familiar – they are near and each chance when we might thank them..…it was their time that gave us ours.

I watch the Academy Awards (Oscars) each year…and listen…what do the recipients say who do they remember…who was important in their lives. Each note of the soundtrack, every lyric…what words do we find within them, where do we journey with these notes?

There is story in every step of conflict and peace, rural and urban, all peoples, all languages. Find the camera, still or motion, recorder, pen or keyboard. Find the reminders, the words, the sound. And always recall the ones who brought you here, who brought you to this place…the reminders placed before us…it was their time that gave us ours…

And all of this today because of lyrics…a new film from a reminder…of parents that took us to the pictures and pass by at night with the breeze.

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From Mary Poppins Returns

Do you ever lie
Awake at night?
Just between the dark
And the morning light
Searching for the things
You used to know
Looking for the place
Where the lost things go

Do you ever dream
Or reminisce?
Wondering where to find
What you truly miss
Well maybe all those things
That you love so
Are waiting in the place
Where the lost things go

Memories you’ve shed
Gone for good you feared
They’re all around you still
Though they’ve disappeared
Nothing’s really left
Or lost without a trace
Nothing’s gone forever
Only out of place

So maybe now the dish
And my best spoon
Are playing hide and seek
Just behind the moon
Waiting there until
It’s time to show
Spring is like that now
Far beneath the snow
Hiding in the place
Where the lost things go

Time to close your eyes
So sleep…

Essex Scottish Pipe Major

Posted By on January 29, 2019

Pipe Major Jock Copland, Essex Scottish Regiment. Created a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1946.

Pipe Major Jock Copland, Essex Scottish Regiment.
(Image from The War Illustrated, August 16, 1940)

“Jock” Copland – Always Ready

A return to the stacks at the University of Victoria Library provided a hidden gem amongst familiar pages that, this day, I turn a little slower finding clues within the pictorial offerings. This one image here – records the familiar collar badges of a Canadian regiment – The Essex Scottish Regiment, and a name Jock Copeland [sic].

Apart from the collar insignia the bass drum provides a clue with its painted image of the unit’s cap insignia. The image detail is slight but there is enough to affirm a day in the life of this Scottish regiment from Canada. So what was this day and who was Jock Copland (correct spelling) that brought Canada to the front cover of The War Illustrated in 1940?

John “Jock” Copland was born in Shettleston, Lanarkshire, Scotland 27 January 1880 and previously served for seven years as a piper with a unit of the Royal Engineers (Territorials). In 1911 Copland immigrated arriving in Galt, Ontario and worked as a mechanic. In his spare hours Copland founded a pipe band that became the pipe band of another Canadian Regiment, the Highland Light Infantry.

During the Great War Copland joined the 241st Battalion CEF (The Canadian Scottish Borderers). With the 241st Battalion CEF, based at Windsor, Ontario, Copland was asked to form a pipe band and went overseas with them but was unable to join them on the Western Front being found medically unfit for service.

Returning to Canada, Copland and later returning pipers of the 241st formed the Border Cities Pipe Band which, in 1927, formed the nucleus of the Essex Scottish Pipe Band. Copland taught several aspiring pipers to play and his son James later became Pipe Sergeant of the regiment, and a second son, Robert, their Drum Major.

During the Second World War Jock Copland, aged 60, lied about his age and proceeded overseas with the Essex Scottish. Upon the regiment’s arrival in Aldershot, England, 3 August 1940 the British newspapers, having learned of the arrival of the Second Canadian Infantry Division, appeared in the historic military town. It is on this day that The War Illustrated image of Pipe Major Jock Copland was taken.

Like his regiment’s motto Semper Paratus (Always Ready) Jock was always ready to serve. However, though on a very active British home front during the Battle of Britain, once again Jock’s chance to serve in a theatre of war on continental Europe would be denied. Being 15 years over the age for active service, Jock was returned to Canada, whereupon he became Pipe Major for the 2nd Battalion Essex Scottish of the Canadian Reserve.

With over twenty-five years service in the Essex Scottish Regiment (1929 – 1958) Copland’s devotion was recognized in 1946 when he was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division).

Jock Copland of the Essex Scottish Regiment passed away 29 April 1966.