Poppies and Thistles in the Wind

| July 16, 2017

Canadian Scottish Pipers at Rest Piper Major James Groat and Piper James Low Our cab takes us to Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg. It’s a fine day with the sun above and the wind across the ground making this particular place a welcome start to our blitz of military history sites in Winnipeg. For a very […]

Vimy Pilgrimage 1936 and the 16th Battalion CEF

| April 9, 2017

The Torch Be Yours to Hold it High Pilgrimages to the Western Front especially by family members in search of their fallen sons and daughters was discouraged during the Great War. However, with the end of the war in November 1918, many families, friends and fellow veterans returned to these places of conflict to seek […]

The 16th Canadian Scottish Were Here

| October 10, 2016

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 […]

Piper J.C. Richardson VC Centennial Chilliwack, BC

| October 8, 2016

A Time to Reflect and be Reflective October 8, 2016 It is raining today, water hurtling down from a darkened sky. It is a time to reflect and be reflective, a time for a centennial eulogy that speaks to all of us this day…but what more can be said about this piper James that has […]

The Tin Hat on the Somme

| October 7, 2016

I Heard the Clang of a Bullet Some months prior to the attack on Regina Trench, 8 October 1916, Canadian troops were first issued with the steel helmet in the spring of 1916. Patented in London in 1915 by John Leopold Brodie of Buffalo, New York, the helmet came into general use when large quantities […]