“…it is an old trick of his…”: Sifton’s Actions in a New Light?

Special thanks to Michael Ritchie, the author and caretaker of the blog, Letters From Vincent, from which this material was sources. Lieutenant Eastwood was a member of the 18th Battalion from Peterborough, Ontario and Michael is diligently transcriping the letters from his Great-Grandfather. At 5:15 a.m. on the morning of April 9, 1917 the weather … Continue reading “…it is an old trick of his…”: Sifton’s Actions in a New Light?

Letter Home Describing Attack on Vimy and Wounding of Lt. S.C. Kirkland

Stuart Cameron Kirkland was a 33 year old barrister who joined the 91st Battalion at St. Thomas on April 26, 1916. Less then a year later, assigned to the 18th Battalion, he was to participate in the attack on Vimy Ridge where he was wounded. Eventually invalided back to Canada were he served on a … Continue reading Letter Home Describing Attack on Vimy and Wounding of Lt. S.C. Kirkland

The Stress of Combat: Captain Lloyd at Vimy Ridge

There is no doubt that Captain E.R.V. Lloyd served with bravery and distinction during the World War 1 with the 18th Battalion. Enlisting as an “Original” on November 3, 1914 in Windsor, Ontario, he rose through the ranks. First as a private soldier and then had the rather unusual circumstance of being promoted from the … Continue reading The Stress of Combat: Captain Lloyd at Vimy Ridge

HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE: The Death of Private Albert Edward Miller of Highgate, Ontario

A rare find was made today while researching the casualty list for April 1917. During the research process of enumerating and collecting information of all the 18th Battalion soldiers who died during that important month in the Battalion’s history a unique, an as yet, singular document was found. Private Albert Edward Miller, reg. no. 226140 … Continue reading HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE: The Death of Private Albert Edward Miller of Highgate, Ontario

A Letter From a Soldier Who Served During the Vimy Attack: Graphic Description of Vimy Ridge

A letter from Lieutenant Stuart Cameron Kirkland published in the Aylmer Express, May 24,1917 and edited for clarity:   GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF VIMY RIDGE Some of the Sights Encountered Lieut. Stuart C. Kirkland, who is now in England recovering from a wound in his arm received at the battle of Vimy Ridge, writes the following … Continue reading A Letter From a Soldier Who Served During the Vimy Attack: Graphic Description of Vimy Ridge

Summary of Service of Sergeant James Quaey Nelson, reg. no. 53947

You can't do history alone. A relative of Sergeant Nelson contacted this blog in response to a soldier's page created recently and this dialogue has enhanced my understanding of this member of the 18th Battalion. Thanks to Dennis Nelson for forwarding this information. Below is a service summary he created and I have edited it … Continue reading Summary of Service of Sergeant James Quaey Nelson, reg. no. 53947