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World War One

A chance sighting of an old grave marker in Fernie, British Columbia, awakened fresh sympathy for a family who suffered the worst blow of all — not once, but twice. Today’s guest blog post was submitted by my fellow writer and historian, John Chalmers of Edmonton, Alberta. By John Chalmers Most of my writing is related to aviation and […]

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When you read these two letters written by Robert Burns Florence in 1916, you will notice the dramatic change between a young man shortly after arriving in France, and the same young man just one month later, after doing battle at The Somme. In honour of the World War One centenary, I want to share with you these […]

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My godfather Colin Greener stood five foot three in his boots, but he had the heart of a lion. In World War One he fought in the trenches, was wounded twice, and decorated for bravery. He always joked that if he had been taller he wouldn’t have survived. When Britain entered World War One on August 4, […]

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For almost one hundred years, a story has circulated in our family about how my grandfather Charlie, right, was saved from certain death on the battlefields of France during World War One by his younger brother Jack, left. But several family members have expressed skepticism about whether it really happened. My maternal grandfather Charles Edward […]

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