Tyneside Pipers: First Day of the Somme

| July 1, 2019

La Boiselle this day so many years ago… This Day – 1 July 2019 When I can…I walk this ground, towards La Boiselle… We are in this place, peaceful now, but where the hearts of men once beat with adrenaline as they advanced. Their rhythms interrupted by the stuttering power of the seemingly endless machine […]

Gallantry on the Somme: T.O.L. Wilkinson VC

| February 25, 2012

Thomas Orde Lawder Wilkinson VC 7th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, La Boiselle, France. July 5, 1916 Born in 1894 at Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England, Thomas Wilkinson came to Canada in 1912, and, prior to the Great War, worked as a surveyor on Vancouver Island and in Burnaby, B.C. He joined the 16th Battalion C.E.F. on […]