The first world war, "A WAR TO END ALL WARS" was sadly not enough of an impact on Canada and its allies to actually make it such, as on Sept 11, 1939, Canada again declares war.
Below are two articles firstly from the Port Arthur daily news and another article from a Fort William newspaper both printed in August of 1914. If you click once or twice on these and all the other pictures, they can be read and seen in better resolution.
|Canadian Soldiers in the trenches....would you want to be there?|
|"THEY DIED THAT WE MAY LIVE"|
|"A different 9-11 back in 1939"|
The Hydro sub-station as seen today.
The following picture is an unknown regiment. They are gathered to march in McKellar Park. McKellar Park's present location is where McKellar Park school is today, just to the north of the Fort William Curling Club...be sure to look at the rest of the photos below. These soldiers are marching with Lee-Enfield British rifles (a closer photo of one is below).
When I was in sea cadets back in the 1950's we would shoot these in rifle range at the old Fort William Armory which would be located to the right and behind in the following photo.
These rifles weighed 8.8 lbs...so imagine carrying one of these around on parade or in the battle field with all the other gear a soldier would have to wear. I could barely lift it to take one shot!
This McKellar Park field was used for local baseball, football, and was the starting point for many a Fort William Parade. Off in the distance with a gold square is the Sweet Caporal score board for the sports field...more data on that below.
|McKellar Park and school as it looks today.|
|Sweet Cap aircraft recognition package WWII.|
|Here is a colored picture of a Sweet Caporal Cigarettes scoreboard.|
|THE LEE-ENFIELD BRITISH BOLD ACTION RIFLE.|
If you want more data on the Lee-Enfield, you can go to Wikipedia here then come back to view the rest- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee-Enfield
You can also view other years of Remembrance Day posts with some incredible local photos on this blog as follows -
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VETERANS OF ALL WARS