“The country needs dignity and refined taste”: 100 years of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has been celebrating the centenary of its founding since May 21st, with events across the Commonwealth countries, including one at the Canadian War Museum this past week. One of the most striking sites when travelling in northern France are the CWGC managed cemeteries; they are quiet places, with rows of white headstones, and perfectly maintained grass walkways.  Continue reading ““The country needs dignity and refined taste”: 100 years of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission”

Attaché to Kolchak? The mystery of Capt. Horace Hume Van Wart

I’ve been meaning to write about Horace Hume Van Wart for about two years now, ever since his photograph came across my desk during a cataloguing rush. Continue reading “Attaché to Kolchak? The mystery of Capt. Horace Hume Van Wart”