On the Day of Peace 11 November – Loss…

| November 5, 2018

Great War Armistice at 100 Soon the day of the Great War Armistice will turn 100 – 11 November 2018. Some will travel at this time to London, the Somme, the Salient. Others will remain at home in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, wherever. The ceremonies will be well attended…special events…special art installations such as Weeping […]

To Common Folks and Kings

| November 3, 2018

The Great War Poets: The Known and Unknown Brooke, Sassoon, Owen, Ledwidge, Graves, Blunden, McCrae, Rosenberg, Kipling..names of some of the Great War’s many poets. Who has not read a poem of the Great War?…In Flanders Fields the poppies blow…Some better known than others. Some poets famous for a body of work; others for a […]

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 […]