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11 February 1889 : Captain John MacGregor VC

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John was the third child of William and Hanna MacGregor. John was brought up on a croft at Newlands of Urchany and was baptised at . He attended Geddes School, Cawdor School and Nairn Academy when he left full time education in 1907. When he left school he was apprenticed to Mr George Tolmie of Nairn as a Master Carpenter and Stone Mason. He …


18 August 1917 : Sgt Frederick John Hobson VC

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He was the son of John Hobson (a stone mason) and Sarah Hobson (née Wallace - Dublin born) then living at 14 Wood St, Pancras.  With the death of his father and mother when still young, leaving only one surviving sister, Fred joined the British Army and served with the Wiltshire Regiment during the Second Boer War (1899-1902). After a few years…


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…


046: April 1996

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27 May 1918 : Private George Leonard Collins

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Father James still died in 1900. Mother Frances Sophia Collins (from Ireland) died in 1912. In 1966, I visited for the first time, the grave of my grandfather, George Leonard Collins, in Vailly-sur-Aisne British Cemetery, France. Image: Grave of Private George Leonard Collins 204071 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in Vailly-sur-Aisne Bri…


051: January 1998

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066: January 2003

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Loyal Gunners:  3rd Field Artillery Regiment (The Loyal Company) and the History of New Brunswick’s Artillery, 1893 to 2012.

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Review by Charles Messenger. This is Volume 2 of the Loyal Company’s History, the first, covering its initial hundred years being published in 1896. Originally, it was intended that this volume would cover the subsequent hundred years, but, for various reasons, it has taken over 20 years to compile. Consequently’ not only are the Boer War, the two…


The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

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Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples of incidents and accidents throughout the Great War that resulted in injury, loss of life or damage to property. Perhaps the most significant of these accidents is surprisingly also one of the least well known – even to this day.…


27 June  : Nurse Sister, Margaret Jane 'Daisy' Fortescue

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York Factory, Hudson Bay was, as described, a factory town established by the Hudson Bay Company.  Margaret was the youngest daughter of Joseph Fortescue, Chief Factor, Hudson’s Bay Company and Sarah Jane (née Mason), her late father the Reverend Mason from Northumberland. Margaret went to school back in England, in Dawlish, Devon, at Miss Su…


21 September 1915 : Lieut. Stanley Caws

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Son of Douglas (a land agent) and Harriet (née Handley)  At the 1881 Census the 2 year old Stanley was at home with his parents and sisters: Dora (6), Hilda (4).   Ten years later in 1891 he also had a younger sister, Constance (3).  Stanley was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and Christ’s College, Blacksmith. He served in the South…


How to research Canadian Soldiers from the First World War

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We are sometimes asked about how to undertake research for servicemen who were killed in the Great War. Whilst there are lots of resources available (and these of course include the Pension Records saved by The Western Front Association) there are many ‘nooks and crannies’ that may be overlooked or unknown. In this brief article we aim to direct …


The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919

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Edited by  David Killingray and Howard Phillips Routledge (2003)  390 pages ISBN 9780415510790 There is so much to learn from ‘The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919’.  A comparative history will be written in due course comparing the pandemic of 1918-19 and that of 2019-2021. Writing in 1998, ‘What occurred in 1918-19, we are repeatedly t…


'Sights to make angels weep' - Halifax, Nova Scotia, 6 December 1917. Presentation by Nigel Crompton

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On a crisp winter morning, the Canadian city of Halifax and surrounding area was devastated by an explosion. Two boats had collided. One was a floating arsenal of explosives. The dead number thousands, but then nature took a hand in the tragic incident. All will be explained by Nigel. His presentation includes numerous facts, plans and photographs.…