Remembering

Each Remembrance Day brings a different meaning to my experience with my conception and perception of war. Last year I was able to attend my local Remembrance Day ceremony on a bright, beautiful Fall day. This year I wanted to work. I was going to take a vacation day off to go to the ceremony…

Sleep On Dear Brother and Take Thy Rest

    Private Alexander Dempsey,  reg. no. 53217, late of the King’s Own Scottish Borders, felt compelled to answer the call to serve the Empire again when he attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces on October 28, 1914 in Windsor, Ontario. He was one of the first of the 18th Battalion to join.…

The First and the Last

Below is a brief outline of the “first and last” Canadians to sacrifice their lives according to the alphabetical listing of Circumstances of Death Registry, First World War. The online database sadly only goes to Sims and any records after that are not available at this resource. Alphabetically, according to this source, the “first” casualty…