Summer Grass

| July 24, 2018

…of the soldiers’ dreams natsugusa ya tsuwamonodomo ga yume no ato Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694) Japanese-Canadian Veterans and the Great War Perhaps they sat upon the side of a hill and watched the changing colours of a field as the grasses titled with the passing wind. All of nature’s colours, its botanicals, fed by […]

Gallantry and the Third Battle of Ypres

| October 21, 2017

The 16th Battalion C.E.F. (The Canadian Scottish) at Passchendaele Ridge In mid-October 1917 the Canadian Expeditionary Force was ordered to move towards Passchendaele Ridge, Belgium in relief of troops from Australia and New Zealand. The first attack, by Canadians at Passchendaele, occurred 26 October 1917. By mid-November when the Ridge was captured by the C.E.F. they […]

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 […]

16th Soldier Wounded on the Somme

| September 24, 2016

 I GOT HIT ON SEPTEMBER 24 Corporal Norman Caldwell (16th Battalion CEF) and his brother Harry Calldwell (67th Battalion CEF) were the nephews of Mr. L.A. Berkeley of Roccabella. A portion of Norman’s letter entitled, Brothers Have Seen Some Heavy Fighting  appeared in The Daily Colonist, 7 November  1916, page 10. “I got hit on […]

British Honours for French Soldiers 1916

| September 17, 2016

Honorary Awards In this unique picture soldiers of the French Army, during the Battle of the Somme, are probably shown after an awards ceremony, wearing both French awards and the British Military Medal. During the Great War honours were granted between the allied nations. It was not uncommon to see the awards of Belgium, the […]