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Who is buried in the Orchard Dump Cemetery? (a.k.a. Finding Max)

Note: The backstory of the Finding Max series can be found on the Remembrance page. All of the assumptions made below are based on probability. There is always the chance that Max could be anywhere in the graveyard… or not… Continue Reading →

Finding Joseph… at the Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery in Souchez

Cabaret-Rouge is close to Vimy Ridge (France) and is one of a handful cemeteries we visited outside of Ypres and Passchendaele. We travelled here to visit the grave of a great-uncle: Joseph McKenna and leave a memorial bag. Cabaret-Rouge is… Continue Reading →

Vimy: One Hundred Years Later

Like mentioned in a bazillion previous posts, this year is the 100-year anniversary of Vimy Ridge. This is the battle most celebrated by Canadians and is considered a defining moment for Canada. This is the view that they fought for…… Continue Reading →

Arleux-en-Gohelle (a.k.a. Finding Max)

On April 28th, it will be exactly 100-years since my relative (Max McKinnon) died on the outskirts of a small medieval town named Arleux-en-Gohelle. When the family received notice that Max had been killed, they were told that he died… Continue Reading →

World War 1: Taken on Strength to France (Part 8)

This is the eighth post in a series about a group of World War 1 soldiers from Mill Village, Nova Scotia who all enlisted for the 209th Battalion in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. For full context and more information about the… Continue Reading →

Weeping Angel, Vimy Ridge

The weeping angel overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge. She is supposed to represent Canada as she looks over the battle field and weeps for the dead.

Wonderfully Ecclectic

One thing that always strikes me about my Papa’s photos is he liked to take pictures of things that are seemingly inane — but turn out to be quite informative. Below is a photo of my Nana sitting on the… Continue Reading →

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