Canada’s Birthday from Coast to Coast to Coast

| July 1, 2017

July 1 – Remembrance and Celebration Its Canada’s birthday a time to reflect on the past 150 years of counting though we well recognize that there was much time before the counting. We celebrate our achievements, cast our minds upon our foibles, provide recognition, and generally say good things about ourselves. Within the glow of […]

Gallantry on the Somme: The 16th at Regina Trench

| October 4, 2016

The 16th Battalion C.E.F. (The Canadian Scottish) Regina Trench Awards The Victoria Cross for Valour 28930 Private (Piper) James Cleland Richardson Died of wounds August 9, 1916. Buried at Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, Somme, France. For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when, prior to attack, he obtained permission from his Commanding Officer to […]

Mud, Memory and Musings

| September 25, 2016

Ypres Day One of Five The train arrives at Lille once again and I am most pleased to be back on this familiar expedition towards the Ypres Salient. As our driver takes us on our journey past drifting towns, villages and landmarks he is careful to avoid the many sail-less bicycles drifting to and fro on this […]

A Family That Loves Me

| March 7, 2016

Information of Any Description There from one of many pages turned during last evening’s research, a soldier’s portrait… “PTE. PERCIVAL J. BARNES (183648) / CANADIA [sic] INFANTRY, (MISSING/ SINCE SEPT. 27). / Information of any description will be / welcomed by Miss E.M. Barnes, 68, / Durley Road, Stamford Hill, London, / N.” (Canada Weekly, […]

BASED ON TRUE EVENTS

| January 5, 2016

Bridge of Spies and my Zweibrücken (Two Bridges) I step into the cold December night and wander towards the theatre. Tonight was to have been a blog about prisoners of war of the 16th Battalion CEF, but as I watch the blog become scrambled across the page I realize tonight is not the time to sort […]