Vimy Ridge has always held a special place for me as a Canadian historian and educator. Beyond its status as a nation-maker though, Vimy has a personal pull as well. My Grandma Fraser’s uncle (making him my Great-Great Uncle) fought with the 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry at Vimy Ridge. He survived the initial attack, only […]
April 9, 1917 – For the first time in their history, all four Divisions of the Canadian Corps fight together, under then-General Arthur Currie and Canadian Corps Commander Sir Julian Byng, at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. With extensive rehearsals, shared knowledge of targets amongst ranks and the creeping barrage technique, almost 100,000 Canadian troops, […]
April 2, 1871 - The first Census of the new Dominion of Canada is taken. Our population? About 3,689,250 strong, with approx. 2,110,500 claiming British origins and approx. 1,082,940 claiming French. (My family history has a little of both!) – 1975 – The final pieces of Toronto’s CN Tower are put in place, forever changing the skyline […]
A day late, admittedly, but here’s the week! March 26, 1885 - The North-West Rebellion began at The Battle of Duck Lake, near modern-day Rosthern, Saskatchewan. Superintendant Lief Crozier and his force of approximately 100 North West Mounted Police and Prince Albert Volunteers were flanked by Gabriel Dumont and a larger Métis force. 12 Government forces […]
Wow! Sorry about the extended absence all – after a lovely holidays and some adjusting to my new teaching gig, I’m back for more blogging! Let’s start off again with an old faithful – This Week in Canadian History. Jan 23, 1995 – After a number of home videos and evidence came to light of […]
As many of you will know, this past weekend I was at The Great War: From Memory to History. There are a number of fantastic subjects that we explored – I was live-tweeting the sessions so feel free to scroll back and explore @lsfraser. We had a great debate on the complicated relationship between commemoration, […]
For the next 3 days I’ll be in London, Ontario, attending The Great War: From Memory to History. Last year saw the death of John Babcock (the last known surviving Canadian veteran of the First World War), and within a few years, we will lose even those who were children during the Great War. This […]
To the glory of God and in loving memory of 70 men from this parish who laid down their lives in The Great War 1914-19 and in grateful remembrance of those who shared its dangers.
Erected A.D. 1921
Major Canon H.C. Dixon
Little Trinity Anglican Church
King Street E at Trinity Street, Toronto ON.
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Aug 15, 1917 - The attack on Hill 70 begins. It was the first major action fought by the Canadian Corps under a Canadian commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie. It was successful and the Canadians withstood a German counterattack. – 1925 - Jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson, whose numerous awards include a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, was […]