16th Battalion CEF at Rest and Play

| September 19, 2014

Some Time Behind the Lines Once in a while there was just a little respite, a little peace and perhaps a different kind of banter for the troops to enjoy behind the lines away from harm’s way. A gathering of souls who on most days were in a different place – on the lines, in […]

Andrew Carmichael Kilt Maker

| August 15, 2014

Military Tailor to All Canadian Regiments Etc., Etc. It was time (recently) to start drifting through the many pages of research I tracked down by wandering the stacks of the University of Victoria. It’s good to wander the library’s aisles, stopping to take a look at old volumes just to see what they might contain. […]

The Meaning of Medals

| November 21, 2012

National Army Museum Video, London, England The Old Wooden Box The old hinged wooden box belonged to their father and grandfather. It sat upon a shelf in his room where he read the newspaper and scribbled a few notes, the reminders of the day.  A few times a year Grampa might take the box down […]

I’m Gonna Make This Place Your Home

| May 22, 2012

“As the ship pulled away from the dock, her decks crowded with khaki figures, the pipes played “The Skye Boat Song”. It was an unforgettable moment, both for those on the deck and those on the ship. It was to be five and a half long years before the battalion would come home. All too […]