There are Places that Captivate Us

| May 13, 2017

The Nile Campaign 1884 – 1885 As we walk from Liverpool train station the blue-green figure of an officer on a stone plinth attracts us. Together we walk across the roadway and stand before Major General George Earle CB, CSI. Upon the plaque KIRBEKAN stands out from the text and my mind, for I have […]

ANZAC Day: April 25, 1937

| April 21, 2017

The Australian Coronation Contingent Eighty years ago an Australian contingent of 100 soldiers, 25 sailors and 25 airmen traveled to the United Kingdom for the Coronation of King George VI, 12 May 1937. One of the contingent’s tasks was to return the remains of British soldier, Arthur Evans VC who died in Sydney Australia 1 […]

The Silver Cross Pub

| March 25, 2017

Whitehall, London, England A recent walk along Whitehall, London, England took us past The Silver Cross pub, where much to my surprise I noted that the ornate pub sign was removed. The sign is patterned after the Canadian Memorial Cross, also known as the Mother’s Cross and the Silver Cross, I was concerned that the […]

Archival Film: Making the Victoria Cross

| April 30, 2016

Unpretentious Little Workshop: Hancocks the Manufacturer “After several submissions and amendments, designs submitted by Lord Panmure were approved and in March 1856 the war office instructed Hancocks to produce 106 Victoria Cross medals. A duty that the firm proudly upholds to the present day.” (Hancocks website) Thanks to British Pathé(via Youtube) for this small feature, […]

Andrew Carmichael Kilt Maker

| August 15, 2014

Military Tailor to All Canadian Regiments Etc., Etc. It was time (recently) to start drifting through the many pages of research I tracked down by wandering the stacks of the University of Victoria. It’s good to wander the library’s aisles, stopping to take a look at old volumes just to see what they might contain. […]