Boanerges's Blog – May 2015 Archive (2)

Thoughts on Memorial Day from North of the Border

     When  James Chaney Palms showed up at the Essex Scottish Regiment's recruiting office one fine fall day to volunteer for the Second World War, he was wearing his riding boots.

     It might have been expected from an irrepressible young man who was the offspring of a prominent and wealthy family, likeable, well-educated and, as they say, well set-up. He was eager to enlist, although as an infantryman, he wouldn't spend any time on horseback.

     The Windsor-based regiment,…

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Added by Boanerges on May 22, 2015 at 12:30pm — 13 Comments

In Flanders Fields

    

     On May 3, 1915, an exhausted and grief-stricken army medical officer sat in a Western Front dugout near Ypres, Belgium, and in 20 minutes produced probably the most famous poem of the First World War.

     Maj. John McCrae, chief surgeon of the fledgling Canadian Expeditionary Force's First Brigade…

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Added by Boanerges on May 3, 2015 at 6:10am — 9 Comments

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