The Western Front was no stranger to the macabre but surely the fate of Lance-Corporal Josiah Cleator was particularly cruel. Creature comforts were in short-supply in the trenches and soldiers often […]
If you’d like to learn more about researching Canadian soldiers of the First World War and if you live in the Greater Victoria area you may be interested in two seminars I’m […]
It was just over a week ago that I was walking and cycling through Flanders. I visited over 70 soldiers including the grave of Sgt. Edward Wesley Jackson who died on […]
The British Colonist Online Edition is a wonderful and free resource for researchers and family historians. I wrote about the website in December 2013, shortly after it was expanded to […]
This list was published in the British Colonist 100 years ago today. Can you find your relative?
When Britain declared war on Germany 100 years ago today the news was greeted with great keeness throughout the Empire. In Victoria The British Colonist reported that “Victorians Displayed Great Enthusiasm in Receiving […]
The Player’s Navy Cut cigarettes carefully sewn by Frieda Hasenfratz into her letter to Frank Dunn never reached the young Second Lieutenant of the Durham Light Infantry. Exactly one month after […]