CHOSEN CHISELED WORDS

| August 23, 2017

Across the stone’s face, the letters have faded from view. It is our second visit to Cumberland in recent times…but some 13 years ago I first walked this place to learn of those whose lives were coal. Walking, as I do, length upon length of upright and earth lain markers I read the few lines […]

Bronze – The Reminders of their Service

| August 17, 2017

For Freedom and Honour…For Valour There is a round bronze disc about 5″ across…Britannia with a lion, a son’s or daughter’s name, and the words “HE [or SHE] DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR. One Vancouver, B.C. family to receive a Great War Memorial Plaque was the family of Captain Cecil Mack Merritt, a former officer […]

The Highway to One Man of Passchendaele

| August 11, 2017

Captain Oswald Howey Lunham, “…for now and all time” The Highway takes us up the island to our turn to the left…..to a solitary church…..near to a railway bridge…..near to a river. Sitting at my desk some while back I wrote and re-wrote the words that have become this day’s Passchendaele. A battle whose centennial […]

Dunkirk: Operation Dynamo

| July 22, 2017

Identifying the Regiment The evacuation of Dunkirk was a success wrought from devastation. Churchill, the British Prime Minister understood that victory could not come from retreat, the war was young, surrender not an option. Not wanting to give much away after viewing Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk I thought instead to would share the history of one […]

Tamzine!

| July 19, 2017

Tempest and Tranquility Less than 15’ in length the 1937-constructed Tamzine is believed to be the smallest of the little ships that set forth to the beaches of Dunkirk where it helped save soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force; many of whom would fight on these shores again and across Northwest Europe. Tamzine, built of Canadian […]