16th Soldier Wounded on the Somme

| September 24, 2016

 I GOT HIT ON SEPTEMBER 24 Corporal Norman Caldwell (16th Battalion CEF) and his brother Harry Calldwell (67th Battalion CEF) were the nephews of Mr. L.A. Berkeley of Roccabella. A portion of Norman’s letter entitled, Brothers Have Seen Some Heavy Fighting  appeared in The Daily Colonist, 7 November  1916, page 10. “I got hit on […]

Canadian Scottish Soldier on the Somme

| September 21, 2016

“It has not been all milk and honey…” Originally with the 88th Victoria Fusiliers, Private Kingham served as a sniper with the 16th Battalion C.E.F. (Canadian Scottish). Kingham was with his battalion on the Somme and wrote about this time when half his platoon was killed on their way to the front line. The article entitled, Slaughter […]

British Honours for French Soldiers 1916

| September 17, 2016

Honorary Awards In this unique picture soldiers of the French Army, during the Battle of the Somme, are probably shown after an awards ceremony, wearing both French awards and the British Military Medal. During the Great War honours were granted between the allied nations. It was not uncommon to see the awards of Belgium, the […]

“Capture of the Sugar Refinery” by Fortunino Matania

| September 15, 2016

Authenticity, Accuracy in the Depiction of the Great War Today we reflect upon an event of a 100 years ago when the Canadian Expeditionary took part in its first major action of the Somme campaign during the Battle of Flers-Courclette. The Capture of the Sugar Refinery, September 15, 1916, was interpreted by Italian war artist Fortunino […]

Piper J.C. Richardson and Adanac Military Cemetery

| September 10, 2016

Soldiers Who Lie Here Row On Row The award of a humble bronze cross, the Victoria Cross, to Piper James Cleland Richardson has meant much to many people, many communities and many organizations. Jimmy’s story has been told and retold in articles, books and magazines… in exhibits and films and this will not end with […]