Behind the Wire 1916

| January 20, 2018

16th Battalion C.E.F. Prisoners of War (Part 2) …the enemy opened a heavy bombing attack against the left flank. Sergeant Slessor was wounded and captured – he died three days afterwards. His post was overwhelmed. Only after hard fighting was this onslaught stopped and the block retaken. (Urquhart, The Sixteenth, page 183) See also Behind […]

The Tin Hat on the Somme

| October 7, 2016

I Heard the Clang of a Bullet Some months prior to the attack on Regina Trench, 8 October 1916, Canadian troops were first issued with the steel helmet in the spring of 1916. Patented in London in 1915 by John Leopold Brodie of Buffalo, New York, the helmet came into general use when large quantities […]

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 […]

BASED ON TRUE EVENTS

| January 5, 2016

Bridge of Spies and my Zweibrücken (Two Bridges) I step into the cold December night and wander towards the theatre. Tonight was to have been a blog about prisoners of war of the 16th Battalion CEF, but as I watch the blog become scrambled across the page I realize tonight is not the time to sort […]

The Abbey

| February 22, 2011

A Visit to the Garden I can hear the pipes tonight, and I am pleased with the week’s research having discovered that at least one piper has given melodic life to the drifting winds around solemn grounds near Caen.  I recall when my two friends and I chose to visit the Abbaye d’Ardenne and how […]