Pandemic: Its Reappearance

| March 14, 2020

It has occurred, an unwanted centenary Following commemorations marking the days and events of the Great War Centenary, we now face the reappearance of an unwelcome 2020 visitor – a global pandemic. Mimicking the timing of the influenza pandemic of 1918 – 1920 we now have Coronavirus or COVID-19. The new virus first appeared towards […]

Closer to the Heart

| January 10, 2020

Farewell to the King In September 2016 a friend I had not seen since 1979 or so re-appeared. Peter managed to track me down (after all these years) through the Pipes of War website. Back in the day -…1978 – 1979…the days of youthful university Peter and I spent considerable time listening to and analyzing […]

Behind the Wire – 1918

| January 10, 2020

16th Battalion C.E.F. Prisoners of War (Part 3) Every two years (in January) I have returned to my 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion Prisoner of War research project. To my surprise the battalion does not appear to have had any service personnel captured during 1917. Of particular interest in this the third and final installment are […]

As the Stars are Known to the Night

| November 11, 2019

Remembrance I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. Augustine Mandino II (Author and WWII USAAF B-24 Bombardier) This one night, seemingly so long ago, I lie awake looking from the window of our Brandhoek stay. The view is the […]

John Macnaughton’s Walk

| November 10, 2019

One Day Soon… There is another place to visit, following in the footsteps of Professor John Macnaughton’s walk to his son’s grave at Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Found within the pages of the Canada Illustrated Weekly, a letter of thanks to St. Barnabas Hostels, a brief note of gratitude…. Will you kindly allow […]