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Died for King and Country aged 16 years 11 months

Herbert Bradley was born on January 5th, 1902, in Dover (England). In 1916 he lived in Vancouver, British Columbia. As he wanted to join the fighting Canadian forces in Europe, he went to Victoria, the state capital, on April 29th, in order to enlist. To be accepted, he decided to lie about his date of […]

Story of one of the soldiers whose name is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial

Thomas Bullock was born on March 29th, 1879 in Manchester, England. In 1914, he was married and lived in the neighborhood  of Pointe St-Charles in Montréal, where he was employed as an ironworker. He enlisted on March 19th, 1915, and joined the 24th Canadian battalion. On September 15th, 1916, his battalion was engaged in the […]

The general service badge of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War

Canada’s entry into the war alongside the Allied Forces and against the Central Empires undoubtedly brought a significant additional weight to the balance of the forces involved. Canada relied on the militia and a weak regular army in 1914, but the military personnel that was assembled during the First World War not stop growing throughout […]

Four Victoria Crosses awarded during the Battle of Vimy (1st part)

The Victoria Cross is the highest British military distinction. It is awarded for a remarkable act of bravery, for an act of daring or extraordinary valour or self-sacrifice, or for an act of extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.The medal bears the mention « for Valour » on a semi-circular scroll, […]