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  1. Hello: I am very happy to have found your site. I am considering doing something similar for those who fought in the 227th (Sudbury-Manitoulin-Algoma) Battalion (Men o’ the North), CEF raised in the area where I grew up.

    I am very disappointed with our government’s lack of effort in commemorating this seminal event in our history! There seems to be nothing! Or nothing that even comes close to the kind of commemoration I am seeing on UK site.

    Anyway, happy to find your reading list etc.

    • Hi Jan,

      Thanks very much for your comments. If you do produce a site to commemorate the 227th please let me know as I would be happy to include it on my links page.

      I agree that the government’s effort has been extremely poor. My understanding is that they are putting all of their effort into commemorating Vimy which while important is but one significant event in a series of significant events.

      The most impressive aspect of the commemorations in the UK (IMHO) is the effort that local communities and organizations are making to tell the story of how the war affected their community, both on western front *and* the home front.

      I strongly recommend using Twitter to stay up to date on FWW commemorations around the world. There is an extremely active and vibrant community of individuals exchanging ideas and information on the anniversary of the FWW.

      Thanks,
      Steve

  2. Thank you for taking the time to produce this site. I found you while researching the 16th Batt. CEF in order to honour my Great Grandfather Sergeant Ernest Cole Malcolm a veteran of the Boer War and a member of the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders who was killed in action on April 22nd 1915 during the Second battle of Ypres.
    I have letters, diary entries and photos of his from this time and I would be happy to share them with you if you are interested.
    Thanks again.

    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks very much for your comments. Yes, I am very interested in learning more about your great-grandfather’s letters, diaries and photos. For some reason I can’t contact you via the link in this comment so perhaps you could use the “Contact” form to get in touch (it will email me).

      By the way, on Monday or Tuesday I will post some photos of the 16th on board the Andania. A couple of the photographs show a large number of soldiers so perhaps you’ll be able to pick out your great-grandfather on board. I know I’ve spent a lot of time searching for my great-grandfather in the crowd but with no success. Perhaps you’ll have better luck.

      Your great-grandfather was killed in action the same day my great-grandfather was wounded and captured at the Second Battle of Ypres.

      Thanks,
      Steve

  3. The poem has been published thousands of times since it was written in early May 1915 but McCrae’s initial attempt to have it published failed. The Spectator in London rejected his prose…”
    TYPO — IFF is poetry, not prose.

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