The Central Ontario Branch of the Western Front Association met Saturday September 30th at our home in the Newcastle Memorial/Community Hall. As usual, we assembled in the upstairs Council Chambers for our 3rd gathering of the year. Our informal “Meet and Greet” commenced at 10:15 and run until the meeting is called to order at 11AM. Indeed, we do more at the meet and greet than the meeting!
Our special guest speaker was Dr. Nathan M. Greenfield Ph.D from Ottawa. Dr. Greenfield presented his latest publication Baptism by Fire: The Canadians at Second Ypres, April 1915. He spoke last year at the “1915: Innocence Slaughtered” conference put on by the Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. He is an authority on this remarkable event in history and we were very fortunate to have him as our guest. Dr. Greenfield is also the author of The Battle of the St. Lawrence: The Second World War in Canada.
A special guest visited us from the United States. Mr. Len Shurtleff is the past President of the USA Branch of the WFA and Vice President of the WFA in the U.K. He is a very active member and contributor to the WFA and we welcomed his visit.
Finally, our good friend and COB-WFA member Kevin Shackleton, who seems to find 26 hours in every 24 hour day, made a brief presentation on his latest publication, Duty Nobly Done: The Official History of the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment. Kevin has been working on this project for the past 3 years and we are happy to announce that it will soon be on bookstore shelves. If you would like to reserve a copy from Kevin, please bring your cheque book to the meeting to avoid disappointment as the publication is sure to sell out.
The Maple Leaf was available for distribution at the meeting and will be mailed for those who could not attend. As we close the door on this expanded issue of the Maple Leaf, please keep in mind that we welcome your submissions in any form for our next issue. Our newsletter is distributed throughout the world and is a credit to our membership. Please keep the material coming!
Lest We Forget - At the start of each COBWFA meeting, our members stand and during two minutes of silence remember the fallen and missing from all wars. One member checks the time and after two minutes of silence, another member reads the following part of a poem by Laurence Binvon.
"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow
All members repeat, "We will remember them".
If any members have suggestions for meeting topics or want to make an informal presentation, contact the Chairman of the Central Ontario Branch of the WFA.
Saturday 10 June 06
Michel Gravel - gave an expert presentation on the taking of Cagnicourt late in the War
Terry Daisley spoke on Alan McLeod, VC
1 JULY 2006
Western Front Association
Many of the local branches of the WFA in the UK hold seminars, check out the Western Front Association Web page.
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