The Boxer: William Elliott at the Battle of Courcelette

In loving memory of William Elliott | 1892-Sept.15 1916. Montreal Gazette, 17 September 2016.
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 “The Boxer: William Elliott at the Battle of Courcelette”

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On the Somme: Royal Ewing and the 42nd Battalion

[Royal Lindsay Hamilton Ewing, no date] Ewing Fonds. Collections CCGW/CCGG 2015.04.24.01
[Royal Lindsay Hamilton Ewing, no date] Ewing Fonds. Collections CCGW/CCGG 2015.04.24.01
The Canadian Corps was not involved in the British army’s disastrous first day on the Somme, on 1 July 1916, but had spent the summer of 1916 training, resupplying, and integrating the new recruits transferred to the front line to fill the gaps left by the almost 9 000 casualties suffered by the Corps in the spring at Mont Sorrel. Haig sent the Corps to relieved the 1st Australian Corps at Pozières on 1 September; two weeks later the 2nd and 3rd Divisions would fight doggedly for the village of Courcelette, their first introduction to the exhausting fighting on the Somme.  Continue reading “On the Somme: Royal Ewing and the 42nd Battalion”