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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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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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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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. 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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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 swear on a bible that he was 19 years of age and suitable for active service. 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 Continue reading

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