Tag Archives: Vimy Ridge
There are some extremely rare publications relating to Canada and the First World War where only a handful of copies still exist: Peregrine Acland’s The Reveille of Romance being a prime example. Though I don’t think it likely I’ll ever … Continue reading
Here’s my favourite story arising from the 1936 Vimy Pilgrimage and the unveiling of the memorial: After the official ceremonies, an unofficial ceremony took place, presided over by Canon Scott. In the 1920s, many of the original crosses that marked … Continue reading
Seventy-seven years ago today the Vimy Memorial was unveiled. I’ve been reading two really fine books about the Vimy Pilgrimage of late: There are some marvelous stories in each of these … Continue reading
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa.
After Vimy In flashes melt my dull-day comforts; I drift a-dream down flaming ways; I see the loom of nature’s ramparts In Vimy’s red-embroidered haze! At Neuville Ste. Vaaste (reliefs there mustered) Are files of men, dim, … Continue reading
Longstaff’s Ghosts of Vimy Ridge is a massive canvas, measuring 4.5′ x just less than 9′. It is part of the House of Commons Collection in Ottawa.