On this day as Americans are celebrating their Thanksgiving, I here in Canada would also like to give thanks. I live in a wonderful place, free from worry and strife for the most part. I am so lucky!
Our poor old world has had to endure many atrocities in the form of wars and catastrophes. We have suffered things that people should never have to live through. Although we have never had a war on our own soil in my lifetime, many good people in my lifetime and before me, have lost their lives and many families' future have been forever altered because of wars that our armed services have fought in.
91st Battalion Panorama, The Great War 1914 to 1918
Today, I would like to honor the 91st Overseas Battalion. This photo was taken in May 1916, one month prior to their departure overseas. the 91st saw action in battles including, but not limited to: The Somme, Arras, Passchendaele, Ypres, St Eloi, Vimy Ridge and Amens. 58 decorations were bestowed on the members of the Battalion including four Military Crosses.
One out of every six men in this photo were "killed in action" and more than 50% of them were wounded in action and many several times.
The Armouries, pictured in the centre, was constructed in 1903 and now houses the Elgin Regiment (RCAC)
The County of Elgin, Ontario, Canada, maintains a website: /www.elgin.ca/fww and they archive many collections there for you to visit online.