What Will You Do For Us Afterwards?

| October 29, 2023

Returned Soldier Writes of Ghosts Too often the loser in that struggle was the ex-soldier, reduced to plead[ing] hopelessly with soul-less powers who renege their promises made, who grind these broken veterans to starvation, shame and suicide. (Will R. Bird M.M. (Returned Soldier) in Death So Noble, J. Vance, p. 119) William Richard Bird was a […]

Every Three Seconds

| June 26, 2021

Canadian Artillery in Action Canadian war artist Kenneth Forbes was all to familiar with service on the Western Front. Born in Toronto, Canada Forbes, prior to the Great War, studied art in the United Kingdom and had twelve of his portraits exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, England. In 1914 Forbes joined the British Army’s […]

Willing Hands

| April 24, 2020

All the Following Days The tale of two soldiers…both runners (messengers) with the 72nd Canadian Infantry Battalion (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada). Some days prior to the famed attack, whilst in the line near Vimy Ridge, Privates Alexander Broadfoot (130245) and James Mucklow (160827) stood near. Private Mucklow was on duty this day, 1 April 1917, […]

Selected from the Rescuers

| April 21, 2020

Camouflet a mine so charged and placed that its detonation will destroy enemy mining tunnels. 2a. an underground or subsurface explosion of a bomb or shell that leaves a sealed pocket of smoke and gas. 2b. a pocket formed in this way. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) I return this evening to a favoured online resource. As I […]

Song Above Machine Guns

| April 10, 2020

The Soldier 410457 George Gabriel Boland What’s he going to do this soldier – 410457? He was born in Wrexham, North Wales…served briefly in the U.S. Army…once was a sailor…with a Goddess of Liberty tattoo inked on his left arm. He stood 5’ 3.5”. At the time of his enlistment, in March 1915, George Gabriel […]