The Thistle…

| May 30, 2021

…which can sting if disturbed During the Great War the 25 battalions of the Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) lost 8,960 soldiers and more than 20,000 wounded. Their title, the Black Watch, is derived from the dark colour of their tartan and further honours the regiment’s original role as the watch of the Highlands. The regiment’s […]

Pandemic: Its Reappearance

| March 14, 2020

It has occurred, an unwanted centenary Following commemorations marking the days and events of the Great War Centenary, we now face the reappearance of an unwelcome 2020 visitor – a global pandemic. Mimicking the timing of the influenza pandemic of 1918 – 1920 we now have Coronavirus or COVID-19. The new virus first appeared towards […]

Chaplains and the Victoria Cross

| December 24, 2018

Spiritual and Immediate Care of Their Soldier Flock There is with each step wandering fields of conflict encounters with a difficult past. Every visit has its encounters, perhaps a landmark rebuilt, a crater filled with water, a reused bit of rail, a bench, memorial, cemetery, statue, a fragment, a trace, an energy. Each place offers […]

Canada’s Last 100 Days of the Great War

| July 8, 2018

Near to an ending? The passing days of centenary have provided several opportunities to pause and think upon celebration, commemoration, reconciliation. Now near to the end, those of us who have chosen to venture into the marshes of conflict must come to terms with 100 years plus one, plus two and so on. Although centenaries […]

The Zeebrugge Bell

| April 23, 2018

St. George’s Day – Zeebrugge Day A hundred years ago this day…on St. George’s Day (sometimes known as Zeebrugge Day)…23 April 1918, 1,700 British sailors and marines took part in the raid on the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium. Of the 75 vessels used in the attack some are better known than others including HMS Vindictive […]