Recruiting now for 2018!

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Nova Scotia in the First World War – a video interview with historian Brian Tennyson

This short video interview with historian Brian Tennyson by The Maple Leaf Managing Editor David Fuller was shot outside Tennyson’s old high school, Malvern Collegiate in Toronto, where he was a student in the 1950s. He is professor emeritus at Cape Breton University and has just published his book Nova Scotia at War 1914-1919. Tennyson is also the author of Merry Hell, The Story of the 25th Battalion (Nova Scotia Regiment).

(Revised edit, June 17, 2018)

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House of Commons votes to honour Sam Sharpe in foyer of Centre Block

Plaque of Lt Col Sam Sharpe by COBWFA Member Tyler Briley.

Recently, The House of Commons approved the installation of a memorial to Lt. Col. Samuel Sharpe of the 116th Battalion, who died in 1918. MP Erin O’Toole made the motion below. which received a unanimous vote in the house on May 24,2018 – the day before the 100th anniversary of Sharpe’s death.

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Norm Christie calls on remembrance community to band together

Author/Broadcaster Norm Christie spoke at the May 6, 2018 meeting at the R.S. McLaughlin Armoury. In a video interview afterwards, he explains why groups like COBWFA need to join other organizations across the country to urge the government to help them preserve the history of our Canadian forces. Continue reading

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Start writing your articles for the Final centenary edition now!

Hard to believe, but the Centenary of the Great War is coming to a close this fall. Now is the time to submit that story you’ve been meaning to write for The Maple Leaf. Continue reading

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Dr Bill Stewart April 28, 2018

Thanks to author Bill Stewart for a great talk on his new book, Canadians on the Somme. Bill spoke to members on on 28 April 2018. Continue reading

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Unsung heroes of the Medical Services from Montreal

John McCrae – famous for his poem “In Flanders Fields”

Thanks to Will Taylor who’s Uncle Charlie was a Scout with the 87th Battalion from Montreal. Continue reading

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Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Company 1919

From David Fuller – our intrepid Maple Leaf Editor

I have been researching my grandfather’s Anti-Aircraft Searchlight unit of the Canadian Engineers. Here is a photo taken in January 1919, probably in Bonn, but possibly Liege or Le Havre. Unfortunately, Cpl Bert Fuller is not among them, probably because his promotion to full Corporal didn’t come through until after this photo was taken. Continue reading

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Can you help ID this man’s unit?

I have recently been asked to identify the unit that this Canadian sergeant served with and I am wondering if any of our visitors can help. Continue reading

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Maps of the Western Front – what can you discover ?

In several previous posts on mapping we have mentioned the use of Ozie Explorer. You can see all map posts here. You have a vast collection of maps at your disposal – if you can just access them. Continue reading

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