“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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“Terrible fighting going on”: Clarence Booth at the Battle of Mount Sorrel

24th Battalion Band, c1914 [Pte. Clarence Booth is in the front row, far left]. Clarence Booth Collection, 2015.04.07.02
24th Battalion Band, c1914 [Pte. Clarence Booth is in the front row, far left]. Clarence Booth Collection, 2015.04.07.02
The battle to re-take the lines at Mont Sorrel overlooking Ypres officially ends on Tuesday, after the re-taking of the position by the 1st Division on 13 June. I wanted to take the opportunity to write about another soldier whose possessions we hold who was caught up in the battle, Clarence Allan Booth.  Continue reading ““Terrible fighting going on”: Clarence Booth at the Battle of Mount Sorrel”