Scotland and the Victoria Cross: The Little Wars of Queen Victoria

| September 25, 2020

1860 – 1900 (excluding the Second Boer War 1899-1902) Following the Indian Mutiny or Sepoy Mutiny, British soldiers and sailors found themselves deeply involved in colonial battles across the British Empire. The “pink” of the globe was well known to students and diplomats of Empire, so too the gun and cannon of powerful, organized troops […]

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 […]

Here Be Dragons

| November 8, 2019

Unsure of our bearings we rode… Observing the horizon I watch familiar church towers on the horizon drift back and forth in perspective. Distant…closer…always to our right or soon to be on our right. The roads meander here amongst the fields of battle and bounty. At times and without warning (no orange pylons here) the […]

Tyneside Pipers: First Day of the Somme

| July 1, 2019

La Boiselle this day so many years ago… This Day – 1 July 2019 When I can…I walk this ground, towards La Boiselle… We are in this place, peaceful now, but where the hearts of men once beat with adrenaline as they advanced. Their rhythms interrupted by the stuttering power of the seemingly endless machine […]

Essex Scottish Pipe Major

| January 29, 2019

“Jock” Copland – Always Ready A return to the stacks at the University of Victoria Library provided a hidden gem amongst familiar pages that, this day, I turn a little slower finding clues within the pictorial offerings. This one image here – records the familiar collar badges of a Canadian regiment – The Essex Scottish […]