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Recruiting now for 2019!

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William F. Stewart, April 28, 2018 meeting

Thanks to author Bill Stewart for a great talk on his new book, Canadians on the Somme. Bill spoke to members at the April 28, 2018 branch meeting, held at the R.S. McLaughlin Armoury.

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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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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.

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