The Hearth

| July 1, 2018

All Were Canada It sung to us at from a ridge in France…and as we settled, having been witnesses to the day, this bow caressed the hearth to life. It was warmth, it was home, it was Canada. We stood and we sat, in silence, as each note filled our eyes with connection to this […]

The Cambusnethan VC

| April 8, 2017

W.J. Milne 16th Battalion CEF (Canadian Scottish) William Milne came to Canada in 1910 from his native Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland settling near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where he worked as a farmer. On 11 September 1915 Milne joined the 46th Canadian Infantry Battalion but transferred on 16 June 1916 to the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Canadian […]

“My compliments to the Commanding Officer…

| October 8, 2015

…I am not able to carry on!” Temporary Major Harry John Hall, MC, 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Canadian Scottish) 8 October 1916  One of the great 16th Battalion characters of the Great War was the Scottish born soldier Harry John Hall. A soldier through and through, Hall had previously served during the Second Boer War […]

James Prinsep Beadle – War Artist

| March 11, 2015

Battle of Neuve Chapelle (10 – 13 March 1915) J.P. Beadle was an English painter who was interested in historical and military subject matters. His interests included the Peninsular War (1807 – 1814), the Boer War (1899 – 1902) and the Great War (1914 – 1918). Beadle’s painting of the opening day of the Battle […]

B.C. DAY & THE GREAT WAR

| August 1, 2014

B.C.’s 1914 Canadian Expeditionary Force Battalions On August 4, 2014 the 100th anniversaries of the Great War will be launched.  On this day in 1914 Britain declared war against Germany launching itself and the nations of the Commonwealth into the fray. As mentioned, in an earlier blog, this date will be the start of numerous […]