Tracing Canadian Locations in France and Belgium

This link has maps for the Canadian Base in Etaples and Hospital Facilities in other areas of France and Belgium

Through These Lines is a great site written from an Australian Perspective. Look under places at the upper right for areas outside Etaples.

See the Canadian Base under Mapping Etaples.

There is also a great summary of the aftermath of the bombing of Hospitals in May 1918.

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Cecil Annis of Malvern Collegiate Institute Remembered

Toronto Regiment soldier heads list of 25 on memorial to the fallen

The names are listed in lead letters that are slowly falling away from the granite background. They belong to the 25 men of Toronto’s Malvern Collegiate Institute killed during the First World War and remembered on the cenotaph erected by a grateful Beach community in 1922. Now, after 89 years of weather damage and benign neglect, the monument will be restored this summer and rededicated at a ceremony on Nov. 4.

Following a successful fundraising campaign that included grants from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Toronto District School Board, the monument will have its missing hand and sword replaced and lettering reaffixed by conservationist Sue Maltby. To create a replica of the missing sword (the hand was recovered and turned in to the school some years ago), Maltby will travel to the town of Alvinston, between Sarnia and London, where the monument’s twin stands outside the Lambton County Library Headquarters. Both sculptures were made by Emmanuel Hahn, who created hundreds of similar memorials for towns across Canada.

The stories behind the names on the cenotaph are being researched by Malvern parent and COBWFA member David Fuller and an appeal to the community has gone out for anyone who is related to the men or knows about them to help with photos and personal recollections. Continue reading

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A HUNDRED YEARS AGO

What was happening in the war by month? This table goes by month and picks up battles in the month and various ones in subsequent years after Mar

All items are referenced in the Official History of the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Nicholson, G. W. L. (1962). “The Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914–1919″. Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War. Ottawa: Queen’s Printer and Controller of Stationary.

Just open the CEF History link above and word search it for insight on what was going on – ie: searching for “Neuve Chapelle” guides you to Nicholson`s work.

“The Canadian role was in general defensive-the “cardinal principle” being “a determination to hold the front trenches at all costs”. General Alderson, however, impressed on all ranks the necessity for maintaining the initiative over the enemy, convincing him by means of “bold patrolling, persistent and accurate sniping and prompt enterprises against any sapheads…that the Canadian Division is his superior”.2 In the event of a German attack reserves would man the “G.H.Q. 2nd line”—a partly constructed position 2000 yards to the rear. For an uneventful week the Canadians accustomed themselves to the routine of trench warfare. Then, on 10 March, came, a more exciting role as the British front on their right flared into action.” – Nicholson, page, 50.

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Battles of the CEF

Battles as listed from earliest to latest in the CEF Official History.

All items are referenced in the Official History of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Nicholson, G. W. L. (1962). “The Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914–1919″. Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War. Ottawa: Queen’s Printer and Controller of Stationary.

Just open the CEF History link above and word search it for insight on what was going on – ie: searching for “Neuve Chapelle” guides you to Nicholson`s work.

“The Canadian role was in general defensive-the “cardinal principle” being “a determination to hold the front trenches at all costs”. General Alderson, however, impressed on all ranks the necessity for maintaining the initiative over the enemy, convincing him by means of “bold patrolling, persistent and accurate sniping and prompt enterprises against any sapheads…that the Canadian Division is his superior”.2 In the event of a German attack reserves would man the “G.H.Q. 2nd line”—a partly constructed position 2000 yards to the rear. For an uneventful week the Canadians accustomed themselves to the routine of trench warfare. Then, on 10 March, came, a more exciting role as the British front on their right flared into action.” – Nicholson, page, 50.

BATTLES CEF

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Menin Gate Lions at National War Museum

The Menin Gate Lions are now on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa courtesy of the Government of Australia. See link above for Australian news item.

Your man on the spot took these pics 5 Feb 2015.

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The pictures flank “Menin Gate at Night” Link with more details. The Lions and painting are on loan to the Canadian War Museum.

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Excellent Canadian Websites on WW1

British Columbia

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Grief’s geography: Interactive map of Toronto’s First World War dead

Grief’s geography: Interactive map of Toronto’s First World War dead (Global News). Simply incredible work to put this together.

Excel file of the data – it highlights home area/city / neighborhood – where the soldier is buried and who his parents were. It comes from a download from Commonwealth Wargraves (authoritative) but is cleaned up to bring out home addresses.

There are still some minor additions to be made and the file will be updated as info comes in on this site. (5 Feb 2015). The key thing to note is first map has 2910 names and this file has 2900, so they are very close.

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Technology from the Western Front

Wired Magazine

Wikipedia

Der Spiegal – Germany

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Tell Your WW1 Relative`s story

When you were younger  you may have heard a story of what your WW1 relative may have seen or experienced. Why not share it here? Leave a note saying what you remember, where your relative may have served or what he/she was like when you knew them.

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Books to Read on WW1

Selections From Project Gutenberg and their WW1 Bookshelf (click the HTML version of the item you want to look at)

BOOKS to get grounded  in World War One from a general perspective (and suggested order of reading)

Have a book for the list? Just send it as a comment below – with the publishing information, title, when it was published, date, author etc and we`ll put it on line

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