Gallantry and the Third Battle of Ypres

| October 21, 2017

The 16th¬†Battalion C.E.F. (The Canadian Scottish) at Passchendaele Ridge In mid-October 1917 the Canadian Expeditionary Force was ordered to move towards Passchendaele Ridge, Belgium in relief of troops from Australia and New Zealand. The first attack, by Canadians at Passchendaele, occurred 26 October 1917. By mid-November when the Ridge was captured by the C.E.F. they […]

At Adanac Military Cemetery

| October 7, 2017

Before and For All Time On a rainy day towards the Somme, we stop at Beaumont-Hamel and Thiepval before heading a short distance to Adanac Military Cemetery, to observe the day at the graveside of Piper James Cleland Richardson VC. Although we have been before, time and time again, our observances here strike a new […]

Ypres Salient 2017

| September 19, 2017

For a Thousand Years Each new day here on the Salient brings something new to my being. Though we have seen many of¬†these places before with each new step there is a new experience to feel, a new plain to watch across. Today we have traded four wheels for two, from fossil fuel to foot […]

Bronze – The Reminders of their Service

| August 17, 2017

For Freedom and Honour…For Valour There is a round bronze disc about 5″ across…Britannia with a lion, a son’s or daughter’s name, and the words “HE [or SHE] DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR. One Vancouver, B.C. family to receive a Great War Memorial Plaque was the family of Captain Cecil Mack Merritt, a former officer […]

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 […]