#100DaysofVimy – March 5th, 2017

Each Sunday we will share a story of Remembrance.

Sir Arthur Currie’s Death – A Revival of Canadian Corps Pride

The publishing of battlefield tour articles by veteran Will R. Bird, M.M. in Maclean’s Magazine revived a wartime nostalgia amongst veterans. Upon his return to Canada in 1932, Bird spent over a year travelling across the nation sharing his stories and photographs with fellow veterans at their local legions and halls. During this time, the desire for unity and comradeship rose to prominence amongst veterans disgruntled with their lack of representation in the public sphere.

In 1933, one of their champions would fall, when former Canadian Corps Commander, Sir Arthur Currie, died at the age of 57. A prominent figure in post-war Canada, he had served as the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, as well as the President of the Last Post Fund. The death of “Guts and Gaiters”, as the troops had nicknamed Currie, sent another ripple through the growing veterans movement, echoing and reviving the desire for the passion and pride many recalled as members of the Canadian Corps during the war.

King George V conferring the honour of Knighthood on General Arthur William Currie, Commander of the Canadian Corps. At Albert, France – 12 July 1917.
Credit: © IWM (Q 5656)
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