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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  Nurses and Medical Staff from Montreal – perhaps you have a story about them? … 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, … Continue reading

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Recruiting now for 2018!

JOIN COBWFA TODAY! Send your subscription request to the link below. Membership is C$25 per year or €35 for overseas members. info@cobwfa.ca Send your subscription request to the link below info@cobwfa.ca The image is a sample of our MAPLE LEAF … 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 http://cobwfa.ca/?cat=46   You have a vast collection of maps at your disposal – if you can just access … Continue reading

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Private John Joseph Belfontaine Regimental Number 111030

In Memoriam 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, … 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 Note to readers: I have transcribed these notes from a photo copy of a photo copy … Continue reading

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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. introduction notes on the text THIS particular fold of downs behind Salisbury … Continue reading

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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. caj_vol9-1_05_e-command-in-ww1

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Letters to Marie

Mike Dobson contributed this a few years ago. These are the letters of our Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather, #157114 Pte JG Sproule, 3rd Cdn MG Coy, BEF, France written to his cousin Marie Golay. Marie was the daughter of Katherine … Continue reading

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BBC – WW1 UNCUT

A series of short videos on life of the soldier

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