British Home Children Support Available

This blog has touched on the role that British Home Children had in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and specifically the 18th Battalion. It is estimated that up to 10 percent of all Canadians can trace an ancestral connection with a British Home Child. One of the pleasures of hosting a Facebook Page for the 18th... Continue Reading →

Monument Men: A Book Review

This is a beautiful book. Rich, well composed photography and with a minimum of commentary (which allows one to appreciate the photographs) make the book World War 1: A Monumental History by Robert Konduros and Richard Parrish (the Monument Men of the blog title) a necessary inclusion into anyone who has an interest or passion... Continue Reading →

Sue Light: Gone Before Her Time

I did not know Sue Light. In fact, if it were not for Sue Light I would not know about Sue Light. On August 3, 2014 I wrote a blog post entitled Missing, believed drowned... about two 18th Battalion soldiers who were lost at sea due to the sinking by a German nautical mine. Part... Continue Reading →

Milestone: 1,000 Pages

Today the 1,000th page was posted on the blog. Never dreaming that this blog would be so involving and engaging it is with some trepidation that I look towards the next 1,000 pages because, honestly, there will be a 1,000 more after that thousand. I can see that some of my initial efforts to keep... Continue Reading →

Update on Blog February 2016

  Just a brief update on the status of the blog: To date 794 soldiers' pages have been entered in the blog. A significant source of new soldiers has been two book mentioned previously in the blog - "Duty Nobly Done" and "Kiss the kids for dad. Don't forget to write." There are currently a... Continue Reading →

Mitigating the Ennui of Trench Life

Romance from the trenches. Below is a story relating to one unknown member of the 18th Battalion who, with his first Christmas in the trenches in 1915, used a unique method to assuage and address his boredom and loneliness. This is related by Lieutenant Harry Anderson Secord during an interview for the CBC Radio broadcast... Continue Reading →

A Birthday at the Front

The 18th Battalion was in the trenches near Vierstraat 1oo years ago today on December 13, 1915. The company cook for Lieutenant George Kerr did something special for him: On December 13 Lieutenant George Kerr had a special celebration in the trenches. For his twenty-first birthday the company cook scrounged all the chocolate he could... Continue Reading →

Cherries for the Police Mess

On Tuesday, July 31, 1917, page 3 of the Gaffney Ledger had a news story about a news story about an American who had died near the town of Ammetes. The Canadian Light Horse was stationed near Divion in France at this time. Mrs. G. T. Clark, of 813 N. Gra-nard [sic] street, has received... Continue Reading →

The First and the Last

Below is a brief outline of the "first and last" Canadians to sacrifice their lives according to the alphabetical listing of Circumstances of Death Registry, First World War. The online database sadly only goes to Sims and any records after that are not available at this resource. Alphabetically, according to this source, the "first" casualty... Continue Reading →

Canada Day for the 18th Battalion

As we enjoy the freedom the valiant men and women fought for it is fitting on this Canada Day to reflect back the the experiences of the soldiers of the 18th Battalion. The Battalion, being formed as part of the 2nd Contingent, did not celebrate Canada Day (it was called Dominion Day at this time)... Continue Reading →

100th Anniversary of Royal Canadian Dental Corp

"Many of them had never seen a dentist before..." Click on link and scroll to 11 minutes and 15 seconds to listen to the story. Click on this link to listen to information regarding the Canadian War Museum's exhibit. More: Canadian Dental Association Page R.C.D.C. History Overview Trench Mouth

Insurance for the Troops

In a previous post regarding 2nd Lieutenant L.C. Vogan the news article referenced "...he Oxford Patriotic Association, for $500 in the Imperial Life." There was a fund called the "Canadian Patriotic Fund" which assisted Canadian soldiers with benefits for those with families. The Oxford Fund was initially independent of the Canadian Patriotic Fund: CANADIAN PATRIOTIC... Continue Reading →

Courts Martial in the 18th Battalion

Item number Name Regimental Number Rank Unit Date 1545 Jacques, John 53695 Sergeant 18th Bn 1917 4960 Jacques, John 53695 Sergeant 18th Bn 1917 9130 Johnstone, H. 139744 Inconnu 18th Bn Aucun détail 257 Larocque, James L. 928596 Private 18th Bn 1918 3325 Laver, B. 190067 Private 18th Bn 1918 9107 Laver, B. 190067 Private... Continue Reading →

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