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War and Remembrance: A Soldier’s Story

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War and Remembrance: A Soldier’s Story

By Dieter K. Buse & Graeme S. Mount posted in the Sudbury Living Magazine November 1st,2015 Rain and snow. Mud, hunger, fatigue, cold. Enemy bullets, poison gas, deaths of buddies, the risk of one’s capture. Survivors’ lives cut short. These were the realities for thousands of Canadians who are remembered this year, the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War. Historians debate whether this war was avoidable, even whether it was worth fighting. Many judgments will be based upon information from the records of contemporary political and military leaders. Whatever the verdicts, the war’s outcome depended upon those...

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Shell Shocked is today’s PTSD

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Shell Shocked is today’s PTSD

The Herbert Laurier “Bert” Irwin Story: by Herbert James Irwin from the Memory Project. When war was declared in 1914, Herbert Irwin tried to enlist immediately but because he was only 16, his family retrieved him from the recruiting depot. Herbert returned the following year and was accepted into the Artillery. My name is Herbert James Irwin, the son of Herbert Laurier "Bert" Irwin, who enlisted in the Canadian Field Artillery in 1915 at the age of seventeen, and served overseas until the end of the war. He was engaged in a number of battles: Ypres, Somme, Vimy Ridge, Arras,...

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Remembering Vimy Ridge

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Remembering Vimy Ridge

By Matthew S. Williams April 9, 2013   Though many people outside of Canada may not know much about it, the Battle of Vimy Ridge was one of the most significant battles of World War I and a key moment in Canada’s history. Taking place between April 9th and 14th of 1917, it was not only a Canadian-led offensive; it was also the only Allied offensive victory in the war to date. And just as importantly, we in Canada consider it a defining moment in our history, when our country ceased being a colony and became a nation. Surprising then...

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Thomas Marion's Veteran Story By Malcolm Fraser

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Thomas Marion's Veteran Story By Malcolm Fraser

The photo is Letter from Thomas Marion to his mother. At the time of writing Thomas was in hospital in Brighton, England and commented on the many from his unit who have been killed, "many a mother's heart is breaking for her boy who will never return." My name is Malcolm Fraser. As far as my father is concerned, he enlisted when he was seventeen in the 73rd Battalion of the Black Watch, and he served at Lens, (Passchendaele, and Cambrai. He talked very, very little about the war. Once they were watching a dogfight over the trenches, and the...

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Before the Sliver Cross, there was the "Dead Man’s Penny"

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Before the Sliver Cross, there was the  "Dead Man’s Penny"

Information was sources from warmuseum.ca and wikipedia.org I was at a show recently and someone brought me a WW1 Memorial Plaque, known as the“Dead Man’s Penny”.  I was quite intrigued by it and thought I would source out the story and share it with you.   For the families and loved ones of fallen soldiers, grief and sorrow usually occurred without the finality or closure offered by having funeral rites or burials at home. Their memorial efforts might have included participation in national or local commemorative efforts, but they also involved oral traditions; maintaining and displaying cherished photos, letters, or...

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