Beach in Pourville

| August 18, 2020

Operation Jubilee When the 16th Battalion CEF formed at Valcartier in 1914 four drafts from Canadian Highland Regiments provided soldiers for this new battalion of this new Canadian army. They included men from the 50th Regiment (Gordon Highlanders) based in Victoria, B.C., the 72nd Regiment (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada) based in Vancouver, B.C., the 79th […]

Two Soldiers of Craigdarroch

| June 29, 2020

Revisiting Earlier Research This night I delve into past research to find a few words for the day. Amongst my work, from late 2014 – early 2015, I find references about two soldier graves at Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C. As many of you are aware, I often turn to Ross Bay…its finely kept grounds […]

Nova Scotia Strong

| April 25, 2020

Herbie MacLeod 3 RCMP Pipes and Drums Ottawa, 2012 The Drums Do Beat Sitting here I think of my old Nova Scotia home. Watching the news, hearing their names and of their lives…not known to me, but now known to Canada. With a deep sigh I close my eyes and breathe…voices I once knew, their […]

Willing Hands

| April 24, 2020

All the Following Days The tale of two soldiers…both runners (messengers) with the 72nd Canadian Infantry Battalion (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada). Some days prior to the famed attack, whilst in the line near Vimy Ridge, Privates Alexander Broadfoot (130245) and James Mucklow (160827) stood near. Private Mucklow was on duty this day, 1 April 1917, […]

Selected from the Rescuers

| April 21, 2020

Camouflet a mine so charged and placed that its detonation will destroy enemy mining tunnels. 2a. an underground or subsurface explosion of a bomb or shell that leaves a sealed pocket of smoke and gas. 2b. a pocket formed in this way. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) I return this evening to a favoured online resource. As I […]