“As Christmas time approaches…”: Memories of Christmas 1915

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* As Christmas time approaches, do you ever think of the first Christmas Day we spend in Flanders? Two of our Companies were in the front line, the M & N trenches, while the other two companies were in reserve at Ridgewood and Veerstraat[iii] [sic] which were about … Continue reading “As Christmas time approaches…”: Memories of Christmas 1915

“…a consecrated and prophetic religious leader.”: The Reverend (Hon. Captain) Carlisle

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* When our Conventions are held at Windsor and we all parade to All Saints Anglican Church for our annual Memorial Service, it always brings back memories of our fist Chaplain, Captain Arthur Carlisle, who was the Minister at All Saints before and after the First War. Many … Continue reading “…a consecrated and prophetic religious leader.”: The Reverend (Hon. Captain) Carlisle

Enemy seems to have much water in his trenches: Christmas 1916 for the 18th Battalion

It was the second Christmas for the 18th Battalion in the front lines. The first Christmas in 1915 found the Battalion blooded in its first actions in Belgium and suffered 26 deaths from the Battalion’s arrival on the Continent in mid-September 1915 until the end of December. The feelings on isolation from family and friends … Continue reading Enemy seems to have much water in his trenches: Christmas 1916 for the 18th Battalion

No Liberties Were Taken: Christmas 1915 for the 18th Battalion

  The Christmas of the 1915 was the second Christmas that the Battalion had experienced since it formation in the Fall of 1914. Since that Christmas in London, Ontario the Battalion had moved from Canada to England in April, 1915 where it trained and the embarked to France and thence, to Belgium for its baptism … Continue reading No Liberties Were Taken: Christmas 1915 for the 18th Battalion

Christmas Truces: “…our German friends were quite friendly.”

A recent viewing of the movie Joyeux Noël made me curious as to the involvement of Canadian troops in the Christmas truces that sprung up after the well documented truces that occurred in 1914. Since the First Canadian Contingent did not arrive in the theater of operations until February 1915 they were not involved in … Continue reading Christmas Truces: “…our German friends were quite friendly.”