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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A machine war: The technological legacy of the Battle of the Somme

Repairing telephone wires in the Ancre Area, Hamel, October 1916. Copyright IWM (Q 1589)
Repairing telephone wires in the Ancre Area, Hamel, October 1916. Copyright IWM (Q 1589)

Tomorrow will be the centenary of the Somme and due to Canada Day the Centre will be closed, so I thought I would post something in advance of our usual Friday blog. Aside from the day of remembrance in Newfoundland, the Somme doesn’t come onto the Canadian radar until September, when the Canadian Corps was engaged at Courcelette. Continue reading “A machine war: The technological legacy of the Battle of the Somme”