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 […]

NOT JUST A NAME

| November 9, 2019

The Soldier While taking part in operations with his company, of the 14th Canadian Infantry Battalion, in the trenches south of Zillebeke, Montreal-born Private James Duncan Montgomery MacGillivray, age 41, was killed at 7:25 PM on 25 April 1916. Next-of-Kin As I search through James MacGillivray’s service record I learn from his attestation papers that […]

Kipling Memorials

| November 6, 2019

Duhallow Blocks Duhallow ADS (Advanced Dressing Station) Cemetery, Belgium lent itself to the naming of a special memorial feature produced by the Imperial War Graves Commission (IWGC) known as the Duhallow Block. These special memorials were first placed at the Duhallow cemetery, near Ypres. The blocks, as well as a related style headstone, are the memorial record […]

Wooden Crosses

| November 5, 2019

Next-of-kin who wish… HERE LIES Lord Edward B. Seymour, Lord Strathcona’s Horse Died of Wounds 5-12-17 Received in Action 2-12-17. Hand-written, black painted words and dates, upon a once white painted wooden cross, held by Holy Trinity Church, Arrow, Warwickshire. The cross, anchored to the wall above a decorative brass plaque also in Lord Seymour’s […]