“…we cannot buy a candle or any thing to eat…”: Letters from Lance-Corporal Parker

On January 24, 1916 a man from Hastings, Ontario enlisted with the 93rd Battalion, so beginning his military career. We have one postcard and three letters from his overseas service, and they give us the opportunity to look a bit deeper into the war experience of Private John Edward Parker (reg. no. 195573).[i] Private Parker … Continue reading “…we cannot buy a candle or any thing to eat…”: Letters from Lance-Corporal Parker

Laurier Military History Speaker Series

Highly Recommended... Marc Milner, University of New Brunswick Date: November 8, 7:00 pm “The Forgotten Gunners:  The Tale of Two Anti-Tank Batteries at War 1940-1945” Little is known of the raising, training and operations of Canada’s anti-tank batteries in the Second World War.  Anti-tank guns typically operated dispersed on the battlefield and their actions are often subsumed … Continue reading Laurier Military History Speaker Series

Review of Somme Presentation at Laurie Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies

 ‘Ghastly and Gruelling’: Canada’s Ignored Campaign on the Somme, 1916 by William F. Stewart William F. Stewart is the author of "The Embattled General: Sir Richard Turner and the First World War" and a historian with a particular interest in the Canadian Expeditionary Force's involvement at the Somme in the late summer and fall of … Continue reading Review of Somme Presentation at Laurie Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies

The Butcher’s Bill: 18th Battalion Killed in Action, September 1916

September 1916 was a particularly bloody month of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. During the 30 days of September 1916 the Canadian Army suffered 4,759 deaths. The Canadian Army was transferred to the Somme and took part in that battle. Of the 4,759 Canadian soldiers killed in action 111 of them were from the 18th Battalion. … Continue reading The Butcher’s Bill: 18th Battalion Killed in Action, September 1916

Ill Health and Finances: The Tragedy of Lieutenant Harold Van Allen Bealer

Sometime in the early spring of 1915 a young man from Pennsylvania with gainful employment with Ingersoll-Rand as a draughtsman took a trip to Philadelphia to inquire with the British Consulate on how best to pursue an engagement with the Imperial Forces so he could participate in the war. The advice led him, with four … Continue reading Ill Health and Finances: The Tragedy of Lieutenant Harold Van Allen Bealer

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: September 1916

Preamble: The Battle of the Somme was fought between July 1 and November 1, 1916. During this battle the total casualties for both sides have been estimated at approximately 887,000. The British Army on the opening day suffered 57,000 casualties. For the 18th Battalion this battle was one of it bloodiest engagements up until this … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: September 1916