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Day: March 28, 2022

Trench art
Artifacts

Trench art

Soldiers engraved their stories in the soft metal of shell casings Railway engineer Patrick Joseph LeBlanc had a very long war. He enlisted in the 52nd Battalion (New Ontario) in Fort William in January 1915 and spent the year after war’s end in the army of occupation in Germany. During his time overseas he earned the Military Medal and Bar. First World War soldiers had long hours and days to fill between battles. Many turned to creating art from materials at hand and, boy, were there a lot of spent shell casings littering the landscape. Allied artillery fired more than a million rounds during the Battle of Vimy Ridge alone. LeBlanc found one shell ideal for what he had in mind to document his service in Belgium and France. When he returned to Canada and settled in Schreiber, Ont...

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