Mute But Not Retarded: The Case of Private Russell

With special thanks to Kristen Den Hartog who made me aware of this soldier. She is currently researching this soldier. Please reach out to her if you can assist her. The impact of physical and psychological injuries to the soldiers that served with the 18th Battalion will never be fully understood. These injuries were, however, … Continue reading Mute But Not Retarded: The Case of Private Russell

First Galt Daily Reporter Employee to Be Wounded

An article in the December 21, 1915 edition of the Galt Daily Reported relates the first casualty from former Galt Reporter employees serving in the war, Private John Hollins, had been wounded during service with the 18th Battalion. Private Hollins enlisted on November 4, 1914, at Galt with the 18th Battalion and gave his trade … Continue reading First Galt Daily Reporter Employee to Be Wounded

Review of Presentation: Before Shell Shock: Failed Minds & Failing Men in the 19th Century British Military

Speaker: Professor Amy Smith-Milne Venue: Guelph Civic Museum This talk by Amy Smith-Milne was an excellent pre-cursor to helping someone understand the perspectives towards the men who suffered from shell shock during World War 1. The work of doctors during the Victorian era would influence the treatment of mental illness during this war. Using the … Continue reading Review of Presentation: Before Shell Shock: Failed Minds & Failing Men in the 19th Century British Military

“Nerves” in War-Time: A contemporary view of Shell Shock, German Propaganda and the cure to all this: Optimism

The understanding of what we would not call PTSD during the First World War was minimal and fraught with a range of mostly inappropriate connotations about a person's mental and moral upbringing. Many of this blog's posts reference shell shock and one may find this article from the Daily Telegraph recorded in the June 5, … Continue reading “Nerves” in War-Time: A contemporary view of Shell Shock, German Propaganda and the cure to all this: Optimism