From Classroom to Battlefield: Victoria High School and the First World War

In August 1914, Canada came upon itself jolted from its ideal isolation by means of the onrush of a eu disaster. In Victoria, British Columbia, adolescence who have been knowledgeable at Victoria highschool went to struggle and have been without end replaced by way of the adventure.

From school room to Battlefield follows the reviews of this cohort during the moment conflict of Ypres, while Canadians suffered extraordinarily from the German use of poison gasoline; the horrors of the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and Amiens; and, finally, victory at Mons. It weaves Victoria excessive faculties idealistic hopes into the realities of the discomfort, anguish, and dying in far flung fields of fireplace, whereas reading legacies of the clash at domestic. it is a poignant booklet approximately warfare, reminiscence, and sacrifice from one in every of Canadas preeminent writers of historic nonfiction.

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Such was once the grand and altruistic hope, by no means learned. yet whereas he lived, the noble Lieutenant MacDonald observed a necessity for exchange measures to prevent struggle. “I should still prefer to ‘drop in’ for a lesson in French,” he wrote wistfully in remaining, “but needs to stay up for the belief of this darling want within the candy through and by means of. ” Lieutenant John Angus MacDonald, MC, died age thirty-one. single, he left no quick family members. he's buried in Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. could HIS SOUL leisure IN PEACE reads his headstone.

How do you love it? ” Such was once the grand and altruistic wish, by no means learned. yet whereas he lived, the noble Lieutenant MacDonald observed a necessity for exchange measures to prevent battle. “I may still wish to ‘drop in’ for a lesson in French,” he wrote wistfully in ultimate, “but needs to look forward to the belief of this darling want within the candy via and through. ” Lieutenant John Angus MacDonald, MC, died age thirty-one. single, he left no fast relations. he's buried in Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. may possibly HIS SOUL relaxation IN PEACE reads his headstone.

He deployed to France and arrived at Le Havre on might 10, 1915. precisely a yr later, Albert Nelson King was once stationed within the region of Ploegsteert wooden, Belgium, which is composed of a chain of low ridges of tactical significance. those open, rolling good points have been dotted with thick deciduous woods. Higher-ups decided that front has to be held in any respect expenditures. The German forces have been out to the east. Trench struggle used to be a characteristic of the struggling with. The heavy shells handed and repassed excessive overhead, doing their deadly paintings.

Sixteen This have been S. J. Willis’s day, for he had guided the method via all its awkward phases. His imaginative and prescient for a superb constitution to deal with an excellent, publicly supported establishment of studying for the public’s gain had materialized. the best reward were given to town of Victoria. the hot development spoke to civic delight and to expectation of better issues to come back within the academic line. right here used to be the varsity at the hill, seen for miles round, the point of interest for the ultimate years for these advancing from uncomplicated degrees and for these of educational brilliance who might move directly to college-level paintings.

This shift performed strongly to Victoria’s civic pursuits. That a good vital and administrator of huge imaginative and prescient, possibly the best on checklist, S. J. Willis, guided the complete procedure in shut organization with the dep. of schooling, headed up by means of the affable, logical, and eminent minister Henry Esson younger, continues to be an instance for all attracted to the heritage of academic management. Willis used to be an immense determine within the mixture, even though in individual modest and unassuming, and he introduced professionalism to his appointment that was once a version for lots of others to stick to, either in what grew to become institution District sixty one (Greater Victoria) and in others farther afield.

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