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 […]

Enough Words

| April 3, 2020

Today Sometimes in our lives we all have pain We all have sorrow But if we are wise We know that there’s always tomorrow Lean on Me (1972)…Bill Withers …stay safe…enough words for today… P.F. Private Frederick Arthur Bennett Royal Canadian Regiment Awarded the Military Medal For bravery and devotion to duty at KENDDALL SAP […]

Are there Poppy Blooms in France and Flanders?

| March 31, 2020

I wonder… Each night I walk. A steady jaunt through the neighbourhood, choosing to walk when fewer people are about…there is less risk that way. As I walk the road the 7 PM salute to our first responders builds. I watch as one curious robin hops across a lawn, his ear openings wizened to these […]