Shooting in France: WW I and the Military Sniper

From our library today, a plate from a small photographic history of the 67th  “Western Scots” Battalion, 4th Divisional Pioneers. In sharp contrast to their compatriots, the members of the Scout and Sniper Section are not wearing their military best. In fact, most of them are dressed to “match-in”, including the individual in the back wearing what appears to be a false grass hummock on his head.  Continue reading “Shooting in France: WW I and the Military Sniper”

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In the King’s uniform: The Jukes family and the First World War

Scout patrol 20th Btn. Mericourt Front France 1917, watercolour. Reuben Alvin Jukes, c1917.
Scout patrol 20th Btn. Mericourt Front France 1917, watercolour. Reuben Alvin Jukes, c1917.

One of the consequences of the majority of the Canadian population immigrating to the country in the 19th and early 20th century was that at the outbreak of the war many families found themselves divided in their loyalties to their new, British controlled country. Those who had travelled from Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and parts of what is now Ukraine suddenly had relatives in the Triple Alliance army, and even their own loyalty began to be doubted. Many were sent to internment camps and even those who escaped imprisonment were often ostracised and driven out of their communities. Continue reading “In the King’s uniform: The Jukes family and the First World War”