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

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 … Continue reading

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Recruiting now for 2018!

JOIN COBWFA TODAY! Send your membership request today and receive a subscription to our branch magazine, The Maple Leaf.

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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.

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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.

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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, … 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.

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Private John Joseph Belfontaine Regimental Number 111030

by Chris Belfontaine John (Jack) Belfontaine enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in Halifax, Nova Scotia on his 17th birthday, June 21st 1915. According to family folklore the recruitment officer, in lieu of a birth certificate, had my Grandfather … Continue reading

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Captain Alec Jack, 54th Battalion CEF, 1967 interviews on Vimy Ridge

Transcribed by Sandy Wightman – grandson of Alec W Jack Mr. Chapel’s two tape recorded undated Interview with Alec Jack – from the CBC

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Rudyard Kipling and the Great War – with a Canadian Flavour

THE NEW ARMY IN TRAINING BY RUDYARD KIPLING  IV CANADIANS IN CAMP Before you hit the buffalo, find out where the rest of the herd is. – Proverb.

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Building the Leadership of the CEF

Canadian Army Journal article about how the battalion leadership was found and formed into a deadly fighting force.

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