Soldier of Fortune: Private Daniel Joseph Fortune at Vimy Ridge

We recently added a very special object to our collection; the helmet pictured above might initially look quite plain and unremarkable, but it has a very touching story. Continue reading “Soldier of Fortune: Private Daniel Joseph Fortune at Vimy Ridge”

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A map to nowhere: Observation and mapping in the First World War

Sketch made afternoon Mar 22 1917 |Lorette Spur [map, 1917] R.R.Layte Fonds. Collections CCGW/CCGG 2015.05.13.06
Sketch made afternoon Mar 22 1917 |Lorette Spur [map, 1917] R.R.Layte Fonds. Collections CCGW/CCGG 2015.05.13.06
Finding one’s way around is a constant preoccupation in memoirs of the First World War. James Robert Johnston of the 14th Machine Gun Company horse transport wrote “two of us with pack horses went up almost to the ridge (Vimy) and once got lost. (This seems to be an old habit of mine, getting lost, but I guess most everyone else had the same trouble.)” [Riding into war, 42]. Continue reading “A map to nowhere: Observation and mapping in the First World War”