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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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).
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.
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 →
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 →
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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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 →