All About Biscuits

| December 21, 2020

A Christmas Dardanelles Army Biscuit The four inch square number 4 Army standard biscuit, and other known varieties, were hard as a rock, made of whole wheat flour and lacked nutrients. The mostly loathed biscuit was produced during the Great War by British firms such as Huntley & Palmers, based in Reading. The biscuit could […]

James Duffy: Canadian Scottish Distance Runner

| August 13, 2016

Days of Champions Amidst the clattering of today’s world events we have some respite as the Olympics fill the ranks and files of media. Not without their “discussion” too, the Olympics celebrate achievement and highlight angst. There are stories each day of overcoming adversity, of participation and winning, sometimes even without receiving awards. The games […]

Behind the Wire 1915

| January 18, 2016

16th Battalion C.E.F. Prisoners of War (Part 1) At long last the first installment of Canadian Scottish soldiers captured during the Great War. This work would not have been possible without the tremendous effort of the late Ted Wigney whose work, in recording and publishing (for all) a record of CEF prisoners of war, was a […]

Charms of Life in the Trenches

| April 21, 2015

Lieutenant George Samuel Ager, 16th Battalion CEF As time advances from one Great War anniversary to the next, I engage my grey cells in an exercise to find connection with  the Canadian Expeditionary Force of April 22 – 24, 1915. Specifically I search for something personal, a familar name to speak to the area northeast […]

London Scottish Film Stars

| March 5, 2015

Actors and the Great War Seemingly one just has to ferret about the internet and much will be revealed simply by coming up with the right combination of search terms. Recently I was reviewing none other than Basil Rathbone’s Great War service, with the Liverpool Scottish, when I learned of three actors who served during […]