That Wait Upon the Clouds

| July 31, 2022

St. George’s Memorial Church It is one of many places to commemorate the Great War. Filled with memorials to soldiers, regiments and associaitons. President Sir John French, Earl of Ypres and the president of The Ypres League led the appeal. The town of Ypres (Ieper) gifted the property and on 24 July 1927 Lord Herbert […]

British Columbia: First Day of the Somme

| June 29, 2022

The Darkest of Days The Battle of the Somme lasted for 141 days ending 18 November 1916. During its time the British Army and associated units of the British Commonwealth, including Canada, suffered some 650,000 casualties…200,000 lost their lives. It is, however, the first day…1 July 1916 that speaks with the loudest of voices…54,740 British […]

Langstaff’s Spirtualist Theme

| March 29, 2022

Presence and Present Ypres (Ieper) one of my favorite places to visit, not only as the small city is paramount to many of my immediate interests of the Great War, but now having visited often I simply like the town. The square with its shops for browsing, grazing and watering, the canal and the ramparts, […]

Great War Honours to the Canadian Scottish

| February 27, 2022

1915 and the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion Distinguished Service Order Major Gilbert Godson-Godson DSO London Gazette: 22 June 1915 Awarded on the occasion of His Majesty’s Birthday. No citation. Occupation: City of Vancouver. Department Head. Prior service: Second Boer War (Corps of Guides and South African Constabulary. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Mentioned in […]

You Cast Thy Shadow Upon My Head

| January 29, 2022

Malta’s Siege Bell Memorial With commanding views of the Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta‚Äôs Siege Bell Memorial is located at the lower part of St. Christopher Bastion. The Siege of Malta occurred between June 1940 to November 1942 became one of the most heavily bombed areas of the Second World War. The island of Malta was […]