ANZAC Day: April 25, 1937

| April 21, 2017

The Australian Coronation Contingent Eighty years ago an Australian contingent of 100 soldiers, 25 sailors and 25 airmen traveled to the United Kingdom for the Coronation of King George VI, 12 May 1937. One of the contingent’s tasks was to return the remains of British soldier, Arthur Evans VC who died in Sydney Australia 1 […]

The True North Strong and Free

| April 10, 2017

They did not waiver. This was Canada at its best. The Canadians at Vimy embodied the true north, strong and free. Extract from Prince Charles’ speech, Vimy, April 9, 2017 Within these few lines some words from Canada’s national anthem, …the true north, strong and free. Words to ponder upon a ridge or to feel […]

Vimy Pilgrimage 1936 and the 16th Battalion CEF

| April 9, 2017

The Torch Be Yours to Hold it High Pilgrimages to the Western Front especially by family members in search of their fallen sons and daughters was discouraged during the Great War. However, with the end of the war in November 1918, many families, friends and fellow veterans returned to these places of conflict to seek […]

Vimy Ridge – Expression in Stone

| April 8, 2017

How many eyes have seen these names… and whispered voices read them softly? (P. Ferguson, © September 1995) ————————-o————————- Part One The Battle for Vimy Ridge Vimy Ridge, a northern French landscape helped establish Canada’s identity as a nation unto itself. Heavily fortified along a seven kilometer front the Ridge, occupied by German forces, held a […]

The Silver Cross Pub

| March 25, 2017

Whitehall, London, England A recent walk along Whitehall, London, England took us past The Silver Cross pub, where much to my surprise I noted that the ornate pub sign was removed. The sign is patterned after the Canadian Memorial Cross, also known as the Mother’s Cross and the Silver Cross, I was concerned that the […]