Search for an old contemptible

The search for an old contemptible

A message from Britain sparks a writer’s search for unknown relatives and the casualties of the Great War’s first major land battle It all started with a random tweet. My first inclination had been to ignore it because rule No. 1 on Twitter, as a journalist, is to avoid being baited personally. The sender,...
  • Somme 10

    How I survived at the Somme

    March 1, 2016 by Christopher J.A. Morry
      A Newfoundland Regiment soldier recounts the 1916 tragedy that was Beaumont-Hamel Introduction by Christopher J.A. Morry  |  Diary by Howard L. Morry Howard L. Morry, my grandfather, was a fifth-generation Newfoundlander. His immigrant ancestor, Matthew Morry, was a self-made fish merchant from Devon, England, plying...
  • Navy Memoir

    Pips off the port beam

    September 1, 2015 by Ronald Simpson
    Thomas Simpson was instrumental in the sinking of U-1302, a battle he remembers with regret to this day       My only living grandparent is Thomas Joseph Simpson, and he is my inspiration. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) during the Battle...
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    The poet and the poppy

    May 18, 2015 by Dianne Graves
    Book and cigar in hand, John McCrae relaxes at the holiday home of friends at Kennebunkport, Maine, where he spent a vacation in September 1903. Guelph Civic Museum/M1968X.436.3   A century ago, Canadian medical officer John McCrae saw “every horror that war had,” including the...
  • A soldier with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders distributes candy to citizens in the eastern Netherlands town of Bathmen on April 9, 1945. [LAC/PA-137908]

    Canada’s gift of liberty

    May 10, 2015 by Gerard Triesman
    As a three-year-old, I had no real comprehension of the horrific circumstances in which I lived. The hand grenade, carelessly discarded by a Nazi soldier, attracted my attention. I was playing outside my home in the Netherlands in 1944 when I saw it lying on...
  • Private Donald Mainland  (at bottom right) is pictured with members of the Fort Garry Horse. [PHOTO: COURTESY DON GILLMOR]
    In mid-October 1918, my grandfather, Donald Mainland, was near Maurois, France, with the Fort Garry Horse. A welterweight—150 pounds, five feet six inches, with sandy hair and grey eyes, Donald was older than some of the men in the trenches. His 25th birthday had just...
  • NormandyBig

    D-DAY +70: Return Of The Liberators

    September 3, 2014 by Sharon Adams
    Poppies grow at the edge of a wheat field behind Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. PHOTO: SHARON ADAMS Exclusive Audio Edition: More than once Bud Hannam is mobbed by children during celebrations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. At ceremonies, mothers...
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