“Pro patria mori”: The McGill University Companies

I recently attended a lecture by historian Tim Cook on the legacy of Vimy, held at McGill. One thing that Dr. Cook mentioned was how closely entwined McGill’s history is with that the First World War, and how many buildings, plaques, and windows can be found around the campus that make reference to those from the school killed in the war. In total, over 3 000 McGill students and staff volunteered to fight overseas, of those, 363 did not return.  Continue reading ““Pro patria mori”: The McGill University Companies”

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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”