According to his Attestation Paper his occupation was listed as Teamster when he enlisted in New Brunswick on March 1, 1917. His age then is shown as 21, but the story goes he lied about his age in order to enlist as he wasn't old enough at the time.Read More
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Everyone has a story. It may be a relative who fought in WWI or a memory that echoes through your family. Perhaps even a trip that you experienced to a battle site in Europe. Share your story of the Great War, a long lost relative, or a trip that brought you face to face with the soldiers of the past.
Even though the battle of Vimy was 100 years ago, the spirit that won the day is very much alive today in Edmonton, through your stories.
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My great great uncle is Colonel Charles Yardley Weaver. He was one of four brothers who immigrated to Canada as Barr Colonists in the early 1900s. Leigh, Yardley, Robert (my great grandfather) and Frank -- homesteaded south of Mannville, Alberta (where I was born). - by Colin BennettRead More
Historians often say that Canada was born at Vimy Ridge. It was there, on the cold, sleeting morning of April 9, 1917, that four divisions of Canadian troops charged the German positions, fighting, and winning, their first major victory as a united Canadian army, forging, in the blood and the mud, a true sense of Canadian identity. - by Paula SimonsRead More
Murdock McPherson MacKinnon was born in Guysborough, Ontario on June 4, 1894. He had been a member of the 19th Alberta Dragoons for 3 years when he signed up for the Overseas Expeditionary Forces on Feb. 3,1915 in Edmonton. - Marilyne LambertRead More
On Nov. 11, 1915, the 24 year old signed up in Charlottetown with the 105th Overseas Battalion C.E.F. He was already a member of the 82nd Reserves. Ernest was single at the time but was married with a daughter on the way by the time he deployed. Unfortunately he would not return. - Marilyne LambertRead More
My great grand uncle Jesse Earl Muttart was born on Jan. 23, 1885 in Fifteen Point, close to Summerside, in P.E.I. He travelled to Edmonton in the early 1900's with his family and close relatives, the Clarks. - Marilyne LambertRead More
My great grand uncles, George, James and Stewart Clark all volunteered for the Overseas Expeditionary Forces in Edmonton. They were born in Summerside, P.E.I. and travelled west with their parents for employment opportunities and the dream of homesteading. - Marilyne LambertRead More
In 1906 he traveled on the Harvest train with his older brother Alex to Edmonton where he was able to find work building roads and bridges. He signed up for the Overseas Expeditionary Forces on Feb. 15, 1915, 4 days after his 25th birthday. - Marilyne LambertRead More
My Uncle, Pte Daniel Gienow was born in Killaloe, Ontario in 1895. When he was 16 years old he moved with his family to a homestead near Balgonie, Saskatchewan where he worked with his father and brothers on a dairy farm. - Ralph GienowRead More
During the evening of 9 February 2017, at Hawrelak Park, the Silver Skate Festival presented and unveiled by way of a lighting ceremony, a commemorative snow sculpture of the Canadian Vimy Ridge Memorial, in partnership with Veterans' Affairs.Read More