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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“The Spirit of the Troops is Wonderful”: The Legacy of the Battle of Courcelette

Canadians returning victorious from battle of Courcelette.
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 ““The Spirit of the Troops is Wonderful”: The Legacy of the Battle of Courcelette”