“The day is beautiful and everything is quiet as night.”

Introduction One of the challenges of understanding the service and experiences of the men of the 18th Battalion is that experience, removed in time and distance, is sanitized by the War Diaries. The 18th Battalion war diaries are often bereft of detail and often only deal with the bare minimum of the military events that … Continue reading “The day is beautiful and everything is quiet as night.”

Faceless No More: Lieutenant Frederick Charles Garland Maund

Lieutenant Frederick Charles Garland Maund was from Kingston and perished on the first day of the attack by the Canadian Expeditionary Force during its involvement at the Somme on September 15, 1916. But for the work of like-minded people dedicated to bringing his memory to life, he would be all but forgotten.[i] Lieutenant Maund was … Continue reading Faceless No More: Lieutenant Frederick Charles Garland Maund

“Other Sad Afternoons to Come…”: The Death of Corporal Gehl

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* While we were at La Clyte[iii] [sic], Jack Gehl[iv] and Dick Hamill[v] were assigned to a special work party with the Engineers. While they were away the rest of us went in the M. & N. trenches for our regular turn. Several days later, Dick Hamill came … Continue reading “Other Sad Afternoons to Come…”: The Death of Corporal Gehl