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The brutality and confusion of Flanders Fields

If you Google “is Flanders Fields a real place,” the pre-baked Google response is American centric and falls flat of…

Who is buried in the Orchard Dump Cemetery? (a.k.a. Finding Max)

Note: The backstory of the Finding Max series can be found on the Remembrance page. All of the assumptions made…

Very few original, intact WW1 trenches still exist

Evidence of the Great War is still visible on the landscape in Western Europe. More than a billion shells were…

Finding Frank… at the Menin Road South Cemetery, Ypres

In 1916, Menin Road was the route that Allied troops took from Ypres to the front line. Today, the front…

Finding Joseph… at the Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery in Souchez

Cabaret-Rouge is close to Vimy Ridge (France) and is one of a handful cemeteries we visited outside of Ypres and…

So many cemeteries… so much death…

The overwhelming thing about touring the countryside in Belgium and France is the sheer number of cemeteries in a relatively…

The Dominion British Cemetery (a.k.a. Finding Jack)

For the posts on Jack McEachern and group of men from Cabri/Mill Village who fought with the 209th Battalion, start…

Langemarck Cemetery and the first gas attack

The focus of our visit to France and Belgium has been on finding our relatives who died in the Great…

Last Post in Ypres, Belgium

We remember our war dead once a year on Nov 11th. The people of Ypres remember OUR war dead EVERY…

Vimy: One Hundred Years Later

Like mentioned in a bazillion previous posts, this year is the 100-year anniversary of Vimy Ridge. This is the battle…

Arleux-en-Gohelle (a.k.a. Finding Max)

On April 28th, it will be exactly 100-years since my relative (Max McKinnon) died on the outskirts of a small…

World War 1: Taken on Strength to France (Part 8)

This is the eighth post in a series about a group of World War 1 soldiers from Mill Village, Nova…

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