4 November (1918)…

| November 4, 2021

Sergeant Alfred Norris M.M. and Bar 438822 1st Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps For Bravery in the Field…a twice decorated soldier who was awarded the Military Medal and a bar, representing a second award of this honour. Alfred Norris received recognition for his coolness and courage at Fresnoy, France and again for conspicuous gallantry at Passchendaele […]

Here is No Giant Warrior God

| July 24, 2021

Strength and Determination Here is no giant warrior god on a high pedestal, but a man. He is tough, ready for the fight, his feet apart, arms held loosely by his sides ready. His helmet is just slightly at an angle, and, under its brim, his face reflects strength and determination. (A.L. Freundlich, The Sculpture […]

Every Three Seconds

| June 26, 2021

Canadian Artillery in Action Canadian war artist Kenneth Forbes was all to familiar with service on the Western Front. Born in Toronto, Canada Forbes, prior to the Great War, studied art in the United Kingdom and had twelve of his portraits exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, England. In 1914 Forbes joined the British Army’s […]

Brother Captains in the 16th

| February 21, 2021

The Strang Brothers Some years ago, a decision was made to visit Winnipeg and have a wander about over a three-day period. The visit was our typical exploration of a city, its cemeteries, historical sites and points of interest. Much was learned as both new names of interest and familiar ones were brought to light. […]

Beach in Pourville

| August 18, 2020

Operation Jubilee When the 16th Battalion CEF formed at Valcartier in 1914 four drafts from Canadian Highland Regiments provided soldiers for this new battalion of this new Canadian army. They included men from the 50th Regiment (Gordon Highlanders) based in Victoria, B.C., the 72nd Regiment (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada) based in Vancouver, B.C., the 79th […]