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

In August 1914, Canada chanced on itself jolted from its fabulous isolation by means of the onrush of a ecu disaster. In Victoria, British Columbia, adolescence who have been expert at Victoria highschool went to conflict and have been without end replaced by means of the adventure.

From school room to Battlefield follows the reports of this cohort in the course of 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, ultimately, victory at Mons. It weaves Victoria excessive colleges idealistic hopes into the realities of the discomfort, anguish, and demise in remote fields of fireplace, whereas studying legacies of the clash at domestic. it is a poignant ebook approximately struggle, reminiscence, and sacrifice from one in every of Canadas preeminent writers of old nonfiction.

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As moment lieutenant within the Wiltshire Regiment, he was once despatched to India as a part of the alternative for normal forces who have been going to the Western entrance. Lieutenant Angus used to be first stationed at Delhi citadel in 1914, a relaxed sufficient task. while a platoon of the Wiltshires went from Poona as reinforcements for the 4th Dorsetshires combating in Mesopotamia, Angus stumbled on himself at the entrance line. The Mesopotamian conflict had long gone badly for the British: in 1915, basic Townsend and his Indian military have been obliged to give up to Ottoman forces. whereas Angus was once there, besides the fact that, a turnaround happened in British fortunes, and the Turks have been defeated, leaving the British in command of Mesopotamia. we're tempted to assert that Angus had a quiet conflict. however, he rose to employees captain of the thirty fourth Indian Infantry Brigade at Tikrit in 1918. He used to be two times pointed out in despatches as serving with conspicuous contrast. After the peace, to finally end up his tale, he took a troopship for England, demobilized there, and spent 1919 as lecturer in legislations on the Canadian Khaki collage, manage in Britain, that supplied greater schooling to 50,000 carrier body of workers. He then again to Canada and arrived in Victoria searching for new customers. Upon the advice of Professor Walter Sage, a historian on the collage of British Columbia, Angus was once appointed to coach economics. even though he additionally joined the legislation company of E. P. Davis, having certified for the British Columbia bar, he selected to stick on the college. His notable occupation as an economist, proficient historian, critic of anti-Asiatic sentiments, and civil servant lies past the scope of those pages. Suffice to claim that he used to be one of many nice Canadians of the age. forty-one definitely he was once one of many few who had fought in what turned, after the peace, the recent Iraq. In any occasion, he outlived all his fellows from the college who have been within the conflict and died age a hundred in Vancouver in 1991. Angus’s army actions bore testimony to the distribution of Victoria highschool boys alongside many sections of the far-flung conflict line. the varsity saved involved with him, sending candies and cigarettes in its Christmas package deal of December 1917. The present and the emotions have been welcome. again got here a letter from Angus to overlook Henry, the instructor and matron heading up this undertaking, confirming that it was once friendly to believe he used to be nonetheless remembered by way of his old style. He wrote delightfully of the color of the close to East: i'm scripting this in the home of an Arab Sheikh, switched over into Brigade Headquarters and billets. The shamal, or north wind, is blowing gradually, conserving the temperature bearable. In a couple of minutes the bright japanese moonlight will throw into reduction the darkish lots of the palm gardens and light-weight up the light floor of the Euphrates. In a couple of days I count on to go to Hillah, that's inside of a number of miles of the ruins of Babylon. This a part of the rustic is now less than extensive cultivation and has a name already for its greens, its melons and its mosquitoes.

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