At Adanac Military Cemetery

| October 7, 2017

Before and For All Time On a rainy day towards the Somme, we stop at Beaumont-Hamel and Thiepval before heading a short distance to Adanac Military Cemetery, to observe the day at the graveside of Piper James Cleland Richardson VC. Although we have been before, time and time again, our observances here strike a new […]

France and Flanders 2017

| September 18, 2017

It’s Better When it Rains We wander over to the car rental to acquire our rolling steed for the day and head out for Vimy (September 18, 2017). This is the first time I have ventured onto the frontier, driving and navigating myself and my friend towards various landscapes of conflict. Ceratinly there are challenges, such as the GPS path, wonderfully […]

Men Among Its Brambles

| January 27, 2013

The CEF, Barbed Wire and the Victoria Cross The Great War poet, soldier and recipient of the Military Cross, Wilfred Owen wrote, “Watching we hear the mad gusts tugging on the wire”. The phrase reminds me that during the war’s silence, eerie unto itself, the men within the trenches were conscious of every sound, every […]