Battlefield doctor

My great-great-grandfather was a surgeon who treated soldiers at the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866 It is a largely forgotten battle, even though it was one of the few ever fought on Canadian soil. By the standards of the time, it wasn’t an enormous fight in terms of lives lost or duration. Coming as...
  • Beyond Words

    November 22, 2013 by James Hale
      Exclusive Audio Version: Driving across the fog-shrouded Lion’s Gate Bridge to West Vancouver on Remembrance Day morning, I heard six high school radio debaters discuss the possibility of Canada ever having to fight another war. Their consensus that contemporary youth are too self-oriented to...
  • The Long Shock Of War

    November 4, 2013 by Dan Black
    The reverberations of war continue long after the last shell or bullet is fired. They roll outward—like waves from a blast— through one generation to the next. This is not what he would want me to do. My grandfather would not want me lying on this damp...
  • The Battle For Panjwai: A Soldier’s Story

    August 20, 2009 by Matthew Parsons
    An orange sky and the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan provide a backdrop for a military vehicle. PHOTO: COMBAT CAMERA/DND Ambush At The White School One of the first battles for the infamous white school in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan occurred on Aug. 3, 2006—one month...
  • Old Wounds, Lasting Memories

    May 1, 2008 by Earl Stiles
    . ILLUSTRATION: VINCE McINDOE I can remember the wounded, coming out of battle in Europe. We—the members of 14th Field Ambulance of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division—were among the first to treat them. There were men from all ranks, and sometimes friend and foe would...
  • One Family’s Tree

    November 1, 2007 by Sharron Arksey
    PHOTOS: COURTESY ARKSEY FAMILY Clockwise from top: The old oak tree; M.Cpl. Tim Wilson; Walter Arksey prior to going overseas in WW II. The bur oak stands on land that has been in my husband’s family for more than a century. Its roots are deep...
  • Dad’s Dieppe

    July 1, 2007 by Allen W. Waddy
    Allan Waddy salutes his dad’s service at Dieppe. My father, Gunner Robert Vincent Waddy, died three years ago–on July 1, 2004. He was 83, and had survived the horrific Dieppe raid of Aug. 19, 1942. I remember hearing him talk about the failed raid and...
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