Check out our brand new Vimy 100 in the Classroom video on maps during the First World War! Stay tuned, we’ll be sharing the second video tomorrow. Special thank you to Sound Venture Productions for their support on this project!
Did you know the excessive “prescribing” of “No. 9” pills by military doctors resulted in the troops mockingly depicting it as a cure-all for the common soldier’s many ailments? In reality, the “No. 9” was “a universal laxative pill, given when no other remedy was deemed suitable. It gave rise to the bingo call ‘Doctor’s orders – number nine.’ ” (Pegler, Soldier’s Songs and Slang of the Great War, p. 135). Today’s image is meant to be a comical advertisement for the “No. 9”, and comes from the Christmas 1916 / New Year 1917 trench publication of the 5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion!
Apply now for the 2018 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize! 15-17 year old Canadian, British, and French students can win an unforgettable educational experience with the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize. The two-week long program in Europe gives high school students the opportunity to study Canada and its interwoven history with Great Britain and France during the First and Second World Wars.
The submission deadline for the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is March 4, 2018, at midnight (PST).
Epitaph of Sergeant Reginald Bayly White, Service Number 3048, of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Reginald died on 9 January 1918 of tubercular meningitis and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery. He was the son of Canon William Charles White, the first native-Newfoundlander to become Bishop of the Church of England for the Diocese of Newfoundland.
On this day in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson delivers his Fourteen Points speech to the United States Congress. Initially greeted with sweeping enthusiasm, the Fourteen Points would create substantial complications and diplomatic tension at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. (See MacMillan, Paris 1919 – Six Months That Changed The World).
On this day in 1918, thousands of kilometres from the front, four men of the Canadian Railway Troops and Service Guard die in Montreal. Unfortunately, their personnel records provide little details of their service, and it is only known that all four died of “accidental injuries” suffered on 4 January 1918. Privates Thomas Kelly and Delore Lalonde are buried in Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery and Privates Andrew Hunter and John Mackie are buried in Mount Royal Cemetery.
2018 marks the centenary of the First World War’s final year. For those at the front, 1918 would prove to be no less horrendous than the many years before it. The German Spring Offensive would cost the Allies dearly before they could launch the counter-stroke that signalled the devastating Hundred Days Offensive. Meanwhile in Canada, the controversial Military Service Act would come into effect in early 1918.
As we move into this New Year, The Vimy Foundation will continue to share stories from these centenary events in Canadian history, in our efforts to ensure that #CanadaRemembers the First World War and its centenary.