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. Now is the time to submit that story you’ve been meaning to write for The Maple Leaf. We will be rounding up all the Nov. 11 events and coverage in our next issue. Remember to send in your photos and stories. Continue reading

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Recruiting now for 2018!

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Send your membership request today and receive a subscription to our branch magazine, The Maple Leaf. Continue reading

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Andy Robertshaw on how we view the Great War

COBWFA favourite Andy Robertshaw made another visit to our branch and talked about looking at the war from the perspective of the time and what it meant to those who fought. He also described his latest project: turning the Hawthorn Crater into a new interpretive site with minimal disruption to the property that won the cooperation its multiple owners.

Andy spoke at the R.S. McLaughlin Armoury Oct. 21, 2018.

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Where were you on Remembrance Day 2018?

Our next issue of The Maple Leaf is being expanded to include as much great coverage of member activities on November 11, 2018 as we can. It will be the final issue of our Centenary series, so let’s make it a great one!

Don’t forget to forward any photos and/or stories to Managing Editor David Fuller right away. We are already in production and looking to publish early in the New Year.

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Tim Cook returns to COBWFA Dec. 15

Canada’s award-winning war historian Tim Cook makes a return to the Central Ontario Branch, WFA, to talk about his latest book, The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War. Continue reading

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Ted Barris tells the Canadian side of the Dam Busters raid

Author Ted Barris was our guest speaker on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the R.S. McLaughlin Armoury in Oshawa. Here is a short interview with him, talking about his latest book Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany. There were 3o Canadians on the 19 crews who went out to attack the critical dams in the industrial heartland of Germany, 14 did not return.

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New Maple Leaf is out now

The Fall issue of The Maple Leaf is out this Saturday. Pick up your copy at our September meeting or look for it in the mail soon. Continue reading

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Black Forestry Men of Nova Scotia 2nd Construction Bn Get Memorial in old French Village

CBC – “What they went through had to be absolutely unbelievable”: Canadian black battalion honoured by French town. Continue reading

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The 52 Places Traveler: A Pilgrimage to Ypres

From New York Times

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Let’s Help Find Canadian Nurses who served with New Zealand General Hospital Number 2 (Mount Felix).

Graham Grist (Walton on Thames, Surrey, UK) writes:

Please excuse me sending a joint e-mail but I hope you both might be able to assist me with a research project. I have been a member of the WFA since it was formed in 1980 (Membership number 216) and I am also a member of Surrey branch here in the UK.
I live in Walton on Thames, Surrey and I am researching the hospital that was here during the First World War which was run by New Zealanders for New Zealanders and known as New Zealand General Hospital Number 2 (Mount Felix). Continue reading

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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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