Behind the Wire 1915

| January 18, 2016

16th Battalion C.E.F. Prisoners of War (Part 1) At long last the first installment of Canadian Scottish soldiers captured during the Great War. This work would not have been possible without the tremendous effort of the late Ted Wigney whose work, in recording and publishing (for all) a record of CEF prisoners of war, was a […]

“My compliments to the Commanding Officer…

| October 8, 2015

…I am not able to carry on!” Temporary Major Harry John Hall, MC, 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Canadian Scottish) 8 October 1916  One of the great 16th Battalion characters of the Great War was the Scottish born soldier Harry John Hall. A soldier through and through, Hall had previously served during the Second Boer War […]

Recognizing Bravery

| September 10, 2015

The Ordinary with the Extraordinary All nations have their awards and many of these symbols of valour (valor), honour (honor), bravery, and courage are well known. They take on many names such as the Victoria Cross, the Légion d’Honneur, Croix de Guerre, Ritterkreuz (Iron Cross), and the Medal of Honor. In earlier times, gallantry was […]

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. […]

FIRST WEEK IN NORMANDY

| June 8, 2013

“Their training had been good and their spirit and morale had been proved. They had yet to learn to be as hard and ruthless and cunning as the enemy, but these attitudes were being formed with each day’s experiences. There was still plenty to absorb, but there was one thing that could not be taught […]