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Eight Cantleys and one Cantlie in the First World War

Of 619,636 Canadians recruited during the First World War, there were 7,432 Smiths and 148 Smyths, 2,965 McDonalds and 1,646 MacDonalds, 2,342 Johnsons and 1,532 Johnstons. There were 1,797 Stewarts and 294 Stuarts, 1,220 McLeans and 310 MacLeans. There were just eight Cantleys and one Cantlie. According to their service records posted online by...
  • Jack Widdicombe: From combine to Lancaster and back

    September 5, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Lancaster pilot Jack Widdicombe was a wide-eyed Prairie farm boy about to be thrust into the inferno of Second World War Europe when he boarded a double-decker bus and toured London shortly after arriving in England. The 21-year-old native of Foxwarren, Man., and a pal...
  • Steaming up the track

    August 29, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Some 650 young athletes, including 317 sponsored by local legions across Canada, met in a steaming hot Brandon, Man., for the 42nd annual National Youth Track and Field Championships from Aug.10-12. Weekend temperatures hit 40℃ as under-16 and under-18 youth competed for 333 medals in 87 events....
  • The bombing of East Grinstead

    August 22, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Seventy-five years ago, on July 9, 1943, a Dornier Do 217E became separated from the rest of its 10-plane Luftwaffe flight as it entered a cloudbank on its way to bomb London. Likely based near the town of Toulouse, France, close to the Spanish border,...
  • Spitfire documentary soars with nostalgia

    August 15, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    For its aerial cinematography alone, airplane geeks and war history buffs alike will love the new documentary Spitfire: The Plane That Saved the World. Under the image direction of renowned aviation photographer John Dibbs, the aerial footage—set against dramatic cloudscapes, the pastoral English countryside, the...
  • European Union
    re-evaluates defence capabilities

    August 8, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Canada has reaffirmed its support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) while the European Union weighs its limited options after United States President Donald Trump launched double-barreled criticisms of both the 69-year-old military alliance and the EU. In a recent column for the National...
  • Winston wets his whistle: Churchill’s indulgences

    August 1, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    In December 1941, just days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, United States president Franklin Delano Roosevelt informed his wife Eleanor that a guest, or guests, would be coming to stay at the White House. “He told me I could not know who was coming,...
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