“On Roads Muddy and Gray”: The Passchendaele Centenary

The quote in the title comes from a poem written by Alexander Sinclair, a Driver with the Canadian Field Artillery. Sinclair fought at Passchendaele with the Canadian Corps in November 1917, when the battle was winding down. But Passchendaele, a gigantic battle with hundreds of thousands of casualties, began much earlier than the official Canadian centenary.  Next week, the centenary of the beginning of the  battle will be celebrated on 31 July.  Continue reading ““On Roads Muddy and Gray”: The Passchendaele Centenary”

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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”