British Columbia: First Day of the Somme

| June 29, 2022

The Darkest of Days The Battle of the Somme lasted for 141 days ending 18 November 1916. During its time the British Army and associated units of the British Commonwealth, including Canada, suffered some 650,000 casualties…200,000 lost their lives. It is, however, the first day…1 July 1916 that speaks with the loudest of voices…54,740 British […]

Pipe Major David Anderson

| February 14, 2011

Anderson advanced to the third line of trenches where he again took another round. He fell to the ground, stunned and bleeding. After a moment he was able to raise himself to a seated position where he continued to pipe his comrades on. While he played in this position a German shell exploded beside him. The shrapnel shattered his drones and pelted his body. Injured as servely as he was, Pipe Major Anderson rose to his feet and was almost immediately attacked by a German soldier…