The Postcards of Private Blue to Miss Ella Mitchell, A Teacher in Paisley

One soldier. One life. The evidence of the war experiences for Private Alexander Edward Blue if the 18th Battalion is greater than most, and less that others. One gets a sense of the man but how much of that is our projection and perspectives from our perspective influencing our perception of the evidence presented before…

It is nothing but hell on earth out there, and I know it.: A Letter From Private Blue

In two previous posts the war experience of Private Alexander Blue was reviewed. The first post offered a brief biographical sketch written in pen in long-hand and was part of the Kincardine, Ontario Royal Canadian Legion’s archives. The second post offered, from the same source, letters of assurance from a casualty clearing station immediately after…

We Shall Not Forget to Pray for Him: News reaches home in Paisley, Ontario regarding the condition of Private Blue

On June 29th, 1916 in the Dickenbusch sector of the Belgium front Private A.E. Blue was wounded in the chest by a sniper’s bullet. The family was informed by telegraph on July 4th of the nature of his wounds and the service records indicates he was “dangerously ill” on June 30th with that status being…

He Was a Young Lad Frightened and About To Go “Over the Top”: A Simple Biography of Private A.E. Blue

Sometimes the simplest information about a soldier can yield facts and insight into the life of that soldier, and by extension, the lives of his comrades-in-arms. Private Alexander Edward Blue. reg. no. 54004 has information at the Bruce Remembers site which is an absolute wealth of information from which aspects of his life can be…