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Yes. It’s Flooding.

As helicopters swirl above our house and as troops in black SUVs fly past our house because it is one of the only dry routes into the flood zone, I can’t help but wonder why there is so much flooding?… Continue Reading →

Langemarck Cemetery and the first gas attack

The focus of our visit to France and Belgium has been on finding our relatives who died in the Great War and honouring those who died in the Allied forces. However, with this post I want to point out that… Continue Reading →

Last Post in Ypres, Belgium

We remember our war dead once a year on Nov 11th. The people of Ypres remember OUR war dead EVERY DAY and have done so since 1928; specifically, those who fell while defending Ypres. It’s humbling and I will admit… 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 →

World War 1: The 9th Reserve in Bramshott (Part 7)

This is the seventh 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 →

World War 1: The 9th Battalion in Shorncliffe (Part 6)

This is the sixth 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 →

World War 1: the 209th’s Journey and Arrival Overseas (Part 5)

This is the fifth 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 →

World War 1: the 209th Waiting in Digby (Part 4)

This is the fourth 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 →

World War 1: The 209th Training at Camp Hughes (Part 3)

This is the third 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 →

World War 1: the 209th Waiting in Swift Current (Part 2)

This is the second 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 →

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