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22 September 1916 : Capt James Knowles Bertram

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Parents, Scottish born Dr Thomas Bertram and New York born, Scottish, Jean (née Knowles). James was their only child.  James was a student in medicine at McGill University and the Royal Military College of Canada prior to his enlistment. He had also seen four years service in the Militia by the time of the outbreak of war. Enlisting at Toronto…


26 October 1917 : Pte George Towler

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The son of John (farmer) and Rose (née Thwaite) their fourth child of seven.   Age 20 at the 1911 Census George was working in Lancaster as a grocer's apprentice. He then emigrated to Canada. At the time of his enlistment he was working as a grocer's clerk in Alberta.  He undertook his medical in June 1916, in Vernon, British Columbia and enl…


018: Winter 1986

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5 May 1915 : Pte Herbert M Wightwick

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Herbert emigrated to Canada where, at the time of the outbreak of war, he was employed as a clerk in Red Deer, Alberta. He enlisted at Red Deer into the Canadian Army and attested at Valcartier on 22 September 1914. With the 5th Bn CEF, Herbert sailed from Quebec on 3 October 1914 and after harbouring at Plymouth, England, disembarked at Devon…


20 June 1917: Cpl Harold Albert Bolton MM

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Harold Bolton's parents were Farris (a farmer of Irish origins and an MP in the Canadian House of Commons) and Elizabeth Jane 'Jenny' (née Stewart). The family lived in Pembina, Manitoba. Harold was one of eight children : five boys and three girls. Two of his siblings died in childhood. Two of his five brother, including Harold himself - were …


Cyrus Peck, Piper Paul and the Canadian Scottish at Amiens

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This article looks at one battalion's action on 8 August 1918, and is largely based on a chapter of the battalion's history by H.M.Urquhart, published in 1932. The battalion in question was the 16th Battalion, CEF the Canadian Scottish, a 'kilted' battalion which was led for a large part of the war by Lt-Col Cyrus Peck. It is fair to say he had str…


The Battle of Hill 70: Victoria Cross awards

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A number of Canadians earned the highest award for valour during the Battle of Hill 70. Private Harry Brown, 10th Battalion, 1st Canadian Infantry Division From The London Gazette For most conspicuous bravery, courage and devotion to duty. After the capture of a position, the enemy massed in force and counter-attacked. The situation became very…


20 January 1917: Pte Raymond William Combs

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Son of Jonathan B. and Anna Sparks Combs. Living in Zionsville, Boone County, Ind., when Raymond enlisted in U.S. Regular Army December 23, 1915, Jefferson Barracks, Mo before being sent to Ft Ward, Washington. He then enlisted into the Canadian Army on 18 April 1916 (claiming no prior military service other than service in the Canadian Militia!).…


26 January 1917 : Pte John Hughes Roberts

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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 Battle of the Ancre but was killed in action during a relief of the f…


The story of Mike Mountain Horse of the Blood Reserve Canada

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Mike was born 1 November 1887, the son of Mountain Horse and Sikski. His mother Sikski belonged to the Holy Women’s Society (Motokix) and his father to the powerful Horn Society.  He went to school as a boarder at St Paul’s and then to a military academy.  By 1914 he was serving as a cadet instructor with the 23rd Alberta Rangers. On 23 S…


The Indigenous Peoples of the Dominions 1914-18 by Paul Cobb

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Our March meeting will see the first presentation of a new talk by the branch chairman, Paul Cobb. The talk is entitled 'The Indigenous Peoples of the Dominions 1914-1918'. This will covers aspects such as pre-war employment of indigenous people in military operations, their acceptance by military authorities, the extent of enlistments during the w…


ONLINE: 'Bluebirds: Three Canadian Great War Nurses' by Andrea McKenzie

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Caption: The staff of CCS No. 2, Poperinge Live zoom from Toronto, Canada About this talk: Three Montreal nursing sisters - Clare Gass, Harriet Drake and Mildred Forbes - ran Casualty Clearing Station No. 2 in Poperinge during the most violent and most crucial months on the Ypres sector in 1917-18. Together they endured bombing raids, shellfire, …


The Envelope in the Attic : Items pertaining to Private Arthur W. Holtby of the Canadian Expeditionary Force

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[This article first appeared in the June/July 2007 Edition of Bulletin No.78] Whilst looking for genealogical documents and family pictures in the attic of his parents’ house in England, Glen Martin of Staffordshire found an envelope, which had not been opened since his paternal grandparents’ time. The envelope contained four intriguing docume…