51st (Highland) Division Memorial (1924)

| September 3, 2018

Friends are good on the day of battle Located near to Y Ravine, within the present day Newfoundland Park, the 51st Division Memorial commemorates their success during the Battle of the Ancre 13 November 1916. The memorial project was aided by the good work of  Lieutenant Colonel Nangle, the former Roman Catholic padre of the […]

The Dust of Each Conflict

| August 16, 2018

Thread Twelve The heat wave has relented and for much of the day we venture forward in the downpour. Rain-water bounces off the taut umbrella towards me managing to find those points at the neckline where it can scurry its chill down one’s back. Meanwhile, I attempt to skirt the roaring streams that run along […]

On This Day: 29 August 1917

| August 29, 2017

The Military Service Act 1917 On this day, 100 years ago, Canada passed the Military Service Act mandating that all Canadian male citizens between the ages 0f 20 – 45 could be conscripted into military service. Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden, a Conservative, having visited the Western Front during the spring of 1917 saw first […]

4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards Cairn

| August 22, 2014

Snapshot of the Great War 22 August 1914 It was during the same day’s visit to Private Parr’s graveside at St. Symphorien that my friends and I visited the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards commemorative cairn located north east of Mons at Casteau. Here we pulled up in front of a fine building and crossed over […]