The pilgrimage that brought me to the gravesite of my great-uncle, Pte. A.J. Blake, began long before I found myself at a Commonwealth cemetery on the Somme, just outside Courcelette, France, this past September with my 16-year-old son, Zachary. It began many years ago when I inherite
On a cool sunny afternoon in April near the village of Courcelette in the Somme river valley I parked my car along a single track dirt lane and walked 200 meters across a freshly plowed farmer’s field to visit Regina Trench war cemetery. The cemetery contains the graves of 2,279 all
On a sunny cool morning in early April the people of the village of Moerkerke Belgium gathered with members of the Algonquin Regiment along the Leopold Canal. They had come together to unveil and dedicate a granite plaque to the soldiers of the regiment who gave their lives fighting
After following a muddy track a few hundred meters across a farmer’s field, Katie Plested, a student from West Ferris Secondary School finally arrived at the entrance to Villers Station Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Searching the plot and row numbers etched on the headstones
A grey granite obelisk stands in the middle of the small flower garden at the corner of Jane Street and Algonquin Avenue. Engraved on the memorial are the words, “In memory of the officers and men of the Algonquin Regiment who gave their lives in service to Canada”.
Dieppe, France, is a peaceful,picturesque seaside town and a favourite weekend holiday location for the French. Hotels line the wide promenade along the seafront and its small harbour is surrounded by dozens of restaurants serving up a wide variety of local seafood specialties.
In November 1918 it seemed impossible to ever imagine the cratered countryside surrounding the once peaceful village of Passchendaele could ever return to its pre-war peacefulness. Standing in the main square of Passchendaele today it is difficult to imagine these quiet streets