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26 January 1917 Pte John Hughes Roberts died on this day

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700707 Pte John Hughes Roberts, 16th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force Born at Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada on 28 March 1895, John was employed as a farmer prior to his enlistment into the CEF at Winnipeg on 10 January 1916. After arrival in France – via the UK – later in the year, John took part in the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme and the…


3 May 1917 Lieutenant Robert Grierson Combe VC

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Robert was born in Aberdeen on 5 August 1880, the youngest of six children of Presbyterian parents James and Elizabeth Combe. On 24 April 1906, Robert emigrated to Canada via Liverpool, destination Montreal. He arrived 1 May.  A pharmacist from Moosomin, Saskatchewan, on 1st April 1915 he enlisted at Sewell Camp into the Canadian Expeditionary Fo…


18 August 1917 : Sgt Frederick John Hobson VC

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Frederick was born 23 September 1873 in Norwood, London the son of John Hobson (a stone mason) and Sarah Hobson (nee Wallace) then living at 14 Wood St, Pancras.  With the death of his father and mother when still young, leaving only one surviving sister, Frederick joined the British Army and served during the Boer War. After a few years back in E…


19 August 1917 : Acting Major Okill Massey Learmonth

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Okill was born in Quebec City, Canada 20 February 1894 to Scottish and English parents William and Martha Learnmonth. At the time of the 1901 Census we learn that he had an older sister Constance, and at the time 50 year old Catherine Stapleton, a servant from Indiana, lived with them.  By the 1911 Census, Okill is living with his parents and worki…


018: Winter 1986

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'The Canadian Corps during the Last Hundred Days' with Jeremy Banning

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Jeremy Banning makes a very welcome return to the branch with his latest talk on the "Canadian Corps in the Last Hundred Days".  Jeremy is a historian, researcher and speaker of great repute and this talk reflects his ongoing enthusiasm and depth of research in following the operations of the corps during the final phase of the war. 


Author Richard Pyves: Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal

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COBWFA welcomes author, historian and genealogist Rick Pyves for a presentation on his highly acclaimed publication, Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal, the story of the Victoria Rifles of Canada, 60th Battalion, in the First World War.The book provides a detailed account of the day-to-day operations of the 60th Battalion and the lives of its 2,813 so…


10 April 1917 219503 Pte Moses Johns, 50th Bn CEF

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Born as St Regis, Quebec on 21 December 1891, Moses was employed as a labourer prior to enlistment. He enlisted into the 80th Bn CEF at Barriefield, Ontario on 9 October 1915 and underwent training in Canada and the UK before transferring to the the 50th Bn CEF in April 1916 with whom he was to see active service on the Western Front. In September…


29 April 1915: 27717 Pte Alfred Harrigan, 15th Bn CEF.

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A steam fitter at the Otto Higel factory in Toronto, Alfred was born at Port Hope, Ontario on 6  September 1898. He enlisted into the CEF at Valcartier on 20 September 1914 and served in France from February 1915. Alfred was killed in the trenches near St Jean (on a day described as ‘quiet' in the battalion war diary). He has no known grave, and Al…


10 August 1918 : 916855 Corporal Harry Cecil Ellis

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Born 6 September 1891 in Westbury on Trym, Gloucestershire, their fifth child, the son of George and Zenobia Ellis of Parnell Road, Clevedon, Somerset.  At the April 1911 Census, the 18 year old Harry, now a grocer, lived at the imposing 18 Hill Road, Clevedon with 9 others, most of whom, including the Head of the House were drapers and milliners.…