In loving memory of William Elliott | 1892-Sept.15 1916. Montreal Gazette, 17 September 2016.
This clipping was sent to us this week from one of our supporters; it was published in September in the obituary section of the Montreal Gazette by William Elliott’s family to mark the centenary of his death at Courcelette on the Somme. I thought it would make a good post this week because it represents so much of what we at the Centre want to achieve; that is, long-lasting relevance and connection to the memories of those involved in the First World War. Continue reading
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Tagged 42nd battalion, battle of the somme, black watch, courcelette, courcelette centennial, first world war, great war, Military Medal, montreal, Montreal Tramways Company, somme centenary, somme centennial, Sunken Road, the somme, world war 1
Pte Robert Elliott, 14th Battalion [Memorial Cross to the family of R. Elliott 464136. Collections CCGW/CCGG]
We featured this silver Memorial Cross, given to the mother of Private Robert Elliot of the 14th
Battalion, as part of our Centennial Feature
for the 100th
anniversary of the Battle of Thiepval Ridge. Elliot was killed on 28 September 1916 when the battalion tried to take Kenora Trench. He was listed as missing and his body was never found. Continue reading
We’re very excited to bring a guest post to you today, in advance of the centennials of the battles of Thiepval and Regina Trench, by Diane Moreau Hemmings, the niece of Lt. Henri Hervé Moreau of the 22nd Battalion (Canadien-français). Continue reading
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Tagged 22nd battalion, battle of the somme, CEF, courcelette, first world war, prisoners of war, regina trench, the somme, thiepval, van doos, world war 1
Canadians returning victorious from battle of Courcelette. [Battles of the Somme] September, 1916. Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada.
Major Agar Adamson of the PPCLI wrote the quote above to his wife Mabel on 16 September 1916, the day after the Canadian Corps had taken the village of Courcelette. He went on to say that casualties had been significant but “We have them now back to their last line and I firmly believe on the run” (220). Continue reading
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Tagged 22nd battalion, 25th battalion, 2nd division, agar adamson, battle of the somme, courcelette, courcelette centennial, creeping barrage, first world war, great war, PPCLI, richard turner, the somme, van doos, world war 1
[Newfoundland] Regiment Drum and Bugle Band. [1916-1917] Courtesy The Rooms Provincial Archives Division, MG702, Item B 1-138.
We’re excited to explore the wartime activities of another interesting woman this week; the portraitist and businesswoman Elsie Holloway. Along with her brother, Bert, Elsie established Holloway Studio in 1908, the first portrait studio in Newfoundland. Both siblings were accomplished photographers, with Elsie focusing on portraits and Bert on landscapes. Continue reading
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Tagged elsie holloway, first world war, history of photography, holloway studio, newfoundland, newfoundland regiment, photography, robert edwards holloway, robert palfrey holloway, war photography, women in ww1, WW1
“A captured German Machine Gun at the exhibition grounds at Toronto” [ Captured German artillery, c1919]. CCGW/CCGG 2016.1.111 Gift of E.McCann.
We received this photograph recently and immediately loved it. It’s not immediately apparent from the image, but this artillery gun is very large! The woman pictured is actually standing in between the two arms of the gun carriage, which gives an idea of the size of the artillery pieces used in the Great War. Continue reading
The 5th CMR returning on a tank. Amiens. August 1918. Seeton Collection. CCGW/CCGG 2015.10.13.01
The centenary for the Battle of Courcelette is coming up next month, the first of three for the Canadian Corps on the Somme. Courcelette represents not only the first outright success that the Corps had after two years of largely unsuccessful fighting at Ypres, but also the first use of Haig’s latest weapon; the tank. Continue reading