The 16th Canadian Scottish Were Here

Wood marker from the Battle of the Somme.

“16th Canadian Scottish” wood marker from the Battle of the Somme. Canadian War Museum Collection.

IN MEMORY
 OF
 OFFICERS
 NCO'S MEN
 OF THE
 16TH. CANADIAN SCOTTISH
 WHO FELL IN ACTION ON THE SOMME
 Mouquet Farm September 4-7, 1916
 Kenora Trench September 25-27, 1916
 Regina Trench October 8-9, 1916

One of two known preserved wood battlefield markers of the 16th Battalion C.E.F. (Canadian Scottish). The Somme marker is held in the collection of the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario. The Vimy marker is exhibited at the Bay Street Armouries, Victoria, B.C. near to the Canadian Scottish Regimental Museum. The Vimy Cross stood for many years at Pioneer Square in Victoria.

Standing on the silent field of battle looking towards Adanac Military Cemetery, France.

Standing on the silent field of battle looking towards Adanac Military Cemetery, France. (P. Ferguson image, 2009)

Somme Casualties – 16th Battalion C.E.F. (Canadian Scottish)

Mouquet Farm  near Pozières (September 3 – 7, 1916)*
1 Officer (Killed / Died of Wounds / Presumed Dead)
8 Officers (Wounded)

97 Other Ranks (Killed / Died of Wounds / Presumed Dead)
243 Other Ranks (Wounded)

Thiepval Ridge / Kenora Trench (September 19 – 28, 1916)*
1 Officer (Killed / Died of Wounds / Presumed Dead)
3 Officers (Wounded)

41 Other Ranks (Killed / Died of Wounds / Presumed Dead)
90 Other Ranks (Wounded)

Ancre Heights, 1916, Regina Trench (October 7 – 9, 1916)*
8 Officers (Killed / Died of Wounds / Presumed Dead)
5 Officers (Wounded)

131 Other Ranks (Killed / Died of Wounds / Presumed Dead)
174 Other Ranks (Wounded)
26 Other Ranks (Prisoners of War)

*Urquhart, H.M., History of the 16th Battalion (The Canadian Scottish) C.E.F., 1914-1919, MacMillian Co. of Canada Ltd., Toronto, 1932.
Appendix III, page 406.


About The Author

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Paul has worked with the Paradigm Motion Picture Company since 2009 as producer, historian and research specialist. Paul first met Casey and Ian WIlliams of Paradigm in April 2007 at Ieper (Ypres), Belgium when ceremonies were being held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul's sensitivity to film was developed at an early age seeing his first films at RCAF Zweibrucken, Germany and in Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was further amazed by David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Film captivated Paul and with time he became increasingly interested in storytelling, content development, character, direction, cinematography and soundtracks. At the University of Victoria, Paul studied and compared Japanese and Australian film and became interested in Australian film maker Peter Weir and his film "Gallipoli" (1981). Paul was entranced when he learned Weir had visited the beaches, ridges and ravines of the peninsula. The film "Gallipoli" alone led Paul on many journeys to sites of conflict in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Malta, Hawaii and Gallipoli. It was, however, when Paul watched documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, "The Civil War", that Paul understood how his own experience and insight could be effective and perhaps influential in film-making. Combining his knowledge of Museums and Archives, exhibitions and idea strategies with his film interests would be a natural progression. Paul thinks like a film-maker. His passion for history and storytelling brings to Paradigm an eye (and ear) to the keen and sensitive interests of; content development, the understanding of successful and relational use of collections, imagery and voice. Like Paul's favorite actor, Peter O'Toole, he believes in the adage “To deepen not broaden.” While on this path Paul always remembers his grandmother whose father did not return from the Great War and how his loss shaped her life and how her experience continues to guide him.

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