Advocate for Wounded Veterans

| April 11, 2017

Ethelbert “Curley” Christian Enlisting in 1915 with the 108th Battalion CEF, Curley Christian served on the Western Front with the 78th Battalion CEF, a unit of the Fourth Canadian Division. At the Battle of Vimy Ridge “Curley” Christian was crushed and trapped for two days, his wounds becoming gangrenous requiring the amputation of his forearms […]

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 […]

Vimy Ridge – Expression in Stone

| April 8, 2017

How many eyes have seen these names… and whispered voices read them softly? (P. Ferguson, © September 1995) ————————-o————————- Part One The Battle for Vimy Ridge Vimy Ridge, a northern French landscape helped establish Canada’s identity as a nation unto itself. Heavily fortified along a seven kilometer front the Ridge, occupied by German forces, held a […]

Ahead of the Battalion

| April 7, 2017

Two Pipers of Canada’s 25th Battalion The 25th Canadian Infantry Battalion, from Nova Scotia, was part of the the 5th Infantry Brigade of the Second Canadian Division. The unit, although not considered a highland battalion, had a pipe band of 12 pipers and 10 drummers. The unit’s March Past was “MacKenzie Highlanders” and their mascot, […]