Canadian Scottish Stretcher Bearer on D-Day

| June 5, 2016

Sergeant William Garner Croix de Guerre avec Etoile De Bronze (France) On 6 June 1944 (D day) at COURSEULLES-sur-MER, France, K57764 Sergeant William GARNER, medical Sergeant 1st Battalion Canadian Scottish Regiment, landed with his unit on the beach amid heavy mortar and machine gun fire. Completely disregarding his own safety he began immediately to treat […]

Archival Film: Making the Victoria Cross

| April 30, 2016

Unpretentious Little Workshop: Hancocks the Manufacturer “After several submissions and amendments, designs submitted by Lord Panmure were approved and in March 1856 the war office instructed Hancocks to produce 106 Victoria Cross medals. A duty that the firm proudly upholds to the present day.” (Hancocks website) Thanks to British Pathé(via Youtube) for this small feature, […]

London Scottish Film Stars

| March 5, 2015

Actors and the Great War Seemingly one just has to ferret about the internet and much will be revealed simply by coming up with the right combination of search terms. Recently I was reviewing none other than Basil Rathbone’s Great War service, with the Liverpool Scottish, when I learned of three actors who served during […]

Mons, Marne, Verdun and Somme

| February 17, 2015

The Royal Navy’s Great War Battle Commemorations Recent research into the Royal Navy fleet that Admiral Sir Jacky Fisher, First Sea Lord of the Board of the Admiralty, built has led to some interesting discoveries. Fisher was instrumental, or rather was the powerhouse, in re-developing the British Navy. In October 1905 the Dreadnought program commenced […]

Andrew Carmichael Kilt Maker

| August 15, 2014

Military Tailor to All Canadian Regiments Etc., Etc. It was time (recently) to start drifting through the many pages of research I tracked down by wandering the stacks of the University of Victoria. It’s good to wander the library’s aisles, stopping to take a look at old volumes just to see what they might contain. […]