Soldier’s identity discovered through research for The Maple Leaf

Before and after photo of L/Cpl James Smart, 25th Bn Nova Scotia Rifles, winner of the light heavyweight wrestling championship at the Canadian Corps Championships, July 1, 1918.  Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-003505

When COBWFA member Rod Henderson turned in a story about the Canadian Corps Championships of 1918 for an upcoming edition of branch magazine The Maple Leaf, one of the photographs available to illustrate it was of an unnamed corporal of the 25th Battalion, Nova Scotia Rifles, who was described as the winner of the light heavyweight boxing title. As managing editor, I smelled a challenge and set about trying to identify the man whose striking photo I was marveling at for its sharpness and detail – along with his arresting gaze. There had to be a way to track him down. 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. 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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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BBC – WW1 UNCUT

A series of short videos on life of the soldier with BBC presenter Dan Snow. Continue reading

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Navigating the Western Front Today British Library Trench Maps in Google Earth

By Hack-Wheeze

Colonel.

It’s almost time to plan your attack on the Western Front. Your trip will take you through pleasant places that sell strangely interesting drinks and cakes.  If you want to experience the sound of a Whizz-bang in your head – just have a few pleasant drinks and you will hear the barrage coming down at 0 dark 30 when the concierge says “M’Sir, Herr Oberst Kerr wants to speak with you.” Continue reading

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Vimy Ridge Map

See a new, modern map of the Vimy Ridge Attack as well as contemporary versions. Continue reading

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The Men of Newcastle

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Images of the stone memorial tablets just inside the Newcastle Memorial Hall remembering the men of the town who served.

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CBC Video – finding the 78th Bn Soldiers

How a French teen found a link to Canadians who fought in his town

http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episodes/forgotten-no-more-the-lost-men-of-the-78th

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Early WW1 Publications – 1st Contingent names and more

7th Cdn Fd Arty Bde Names * 10th Canadian Fd Arty Bde Names * Canadian Gunner Officers who served

The Entire First Canadian Contingent of 1914

Montreal Mobilisation information 1914

The Battle of The Canal Du Nord

This is for real – the origins of Winnie the Pooh! 

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