Lecture Series Presented by the Great War Centenary Association (Brantford, Ontario)

News has been posted at the Great War Centenary Association’s web site outlining the 2017 lecture series being held in Brantford, Ontario in 2017. The lectures cover a range of topics covering the Canadian experience in the First World War. Lectures are held at 7:30 PM at Laurier Brantford, RCW, Room 202 at 150 Dalhousie…

“If it so happens that I am allowed to die for my country…”: The Unusual Will of Private R.H. Burgess D.C.M.

A will is a macabre document. It is a recognition by the object of the will, the living person (the testator) who is making the will out, that they will cease to exist. The will exists and enforces the conditions of the testator after they have died and invokes certain conditions at the distribution of…

The Connection Between Captain Lang of the 18th and Leonardo DiCaprio

On October 20, 1914 Alfred Benson Laing enlisted in the 18th Battalion. He was a 24-year-old druggist with three years of officer cadet experience coupled with 7 years’ experience with the 21st Volunteers[i]. His next of kin information is noteworthy as his father was Colonel Frederick Herbert Laing located at the Laing building at the…