Hill 70: Our Forgotten Battle

August 15th marked the centenary of the Battle of Hill 70, the Canadian Corps’ next large engagement after their success at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, and their second victory of the year. It is also distinct in that it was the first Canadian battle planned exclusively by Arthur Currie, now the commander of the Corps. So why don’t we know anything about it? Continue reading “Hill 70: Our Forgotten Battle”

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Brooke goes to war: Captain Kingsley Brooke on the Western Front

Major [H.K.] Clifton Lt. K.C. Brooke | 3rd Battalion | France | 1917, Collections CCGG/CCGW
Major [H.K.] Clifton Lt. K.C. Brooke | 3rd Battalion | France | 1917, Collections CCGG/CCGW
We posted this photograph yesterday on our Twitter feed as part of the Centre’s #ShowUsYourSoldier campaign to raise money for capital costs. Fundraising aside, I thought I would dig more deeply into Captain Brooke’s story and see what his experience on the Western Front had been. In many ways, Kingsley Capron Brooke was typical of the so-called “officer class” of the first half of the war.  He was solidly middle-class and worked for the Canadian Mortgage Investment Company when he volunteered in the fall of 1915. He had previous militia service with the 12th York Rangers Active Militia; his father and grandfather had also been officers, serving with the Queen’s Own Rifles.
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