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Rob Paterson
Looking beneath the surface
Interests: my dogs, history and science, blogging, my children, science fiction and fantasy
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By Christmas 1914, there had been nearly 100,000 casualties in the British army but this had not deeply affected the British people. This was because the British Army, that had retreated from Mons and then been part of the victory... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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30,000 Canadian women crossed the Atlantic to be with their men during WWI. But for the nearly 600,000 men who left Canada during the conflict, all left behind women and girls that they loved. It is no wonder that many... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
I too am captivated Chris - I had no idea when I started how their lives would take me over. Also I had no idea how much information is now available. If I live to 2019, there will be quite a book here. I now intend also to spend a couple of months on the western front and get a feel for the place. I have been before but not long enough to immerse myself in the landscape. It would be fun if a few others might drop by for a time when I do this - hint hint
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While the First Contingent of the CEF settled down for a tough winter in the mud of Salisbury Plain. The PPLCI got ready for an immediate move to France. They were not a bunch of recruits but hard men who... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This idyllic picture shows a Brtish soldier returning home on leave. Sadly, this happy scene was largely a myth. Even if you had a family to go to there was too much of a disconnect between what these men had... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
And yes - 30 x 30,000 gives you a sense of the loss in a real way
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If you look in the right hand margin of the blog you will see a list of books - the One on Vimy is done and tells the story of how the Canadian - the amateurs became the spear point of the British Army
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Thank you Andrew - this is a labour of love for me - 19 of my family died in WWI - including two teenage girls who drowned on the Lusitania - By christmas 2018 - if I am still here myself - I hope to have a book that my children and grandchildren can read
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Image Over a million men trained on Salisbury Plain in WWI - the First Division of the CEF was the first. In the first post (Link) of this part about the CEF in England in 1914-Feb 1915, we saw the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This was a not an unusual situation the men of the First Contingent in their 3 1/2 month long stay under canvas on Saisbury Plain in this, the first winter of the war. It was the wettest winter weather that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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We see that many traditional organizations are betting that Social Technology is the key agency for making the shift to being a network. Their hope is that if all the employees are socially connected that somehow everything will be different.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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In August 2014, I begun a "Real Time" story of my large extended Montreal family and their experiences in World War 1. It is now the end of October and the First Contingent are here on Salisbury Plain where they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is Grace, "Julia", Lady Drummond. In 1914, she was the widow of Sir George Drummond, who had been the President of the Bank of Montreal. Her son, Guy, had given up his Captaincy so that he could serve in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Chris Corrigan - Caitlin Frost and their two children Finn and Aine Septemeber 2006 Most people feel that school could be better. Many are behind actions to make school more efficient and accountable. But a significant minority are not sure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This picture is of the Cloth Hall in Ypres in October 1914. Ypres would be the home of the Canadians for much of the war. By the time the Division arrived in this sector in February 1915, the Cloth Hall... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is the Franconia, a Cunard ship, that was filled with nurses. It was docked along side the Ivernia where Alec and the 2nd Brigade CFA were docked in Devonport. They had been at sea since October 4th and had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Change in a traditional organization - how does it happen? Most have placed their bet on the use of social technology. If we add lots of social links, we will be different. Others hope that somehow it will bubble up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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On October 3rd 1915, one day short of a month from the declaration of war, the First Contingent set sail. The loading of the convoy finally finished on Oct 2. Alec and the 2dn Brigade CFA had been on board... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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What do I mean by a Phase Jumper and what is the link to The Matrix? What might this mean to you? If Hugh's immortal cartoon makes you cringe and laugh, you are likely to be what I call a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
My Aunt Frances who is my source and who is in the picture with her mum and her brother died last week September 11. There is now no one left of that time in my family
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The last days of the assembly at Valcartier would end for the artillery and for Alec, my Grandfather this weekend. Here is a rare photo of gunners at the camp. On the 20th the artillery would ride the 30+ kilometres... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
If you are diagnosed with a chronic illness today such as Type 2 Diabetes, you have a choice. The medical system will offer you "Palliation". This means a sequence of treatments that do not cure you and that lead, over... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Why do most of us refuse to see what is happening? Why will people just not listen? What is denial all about? Earl Mardle has some insight. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
What our home is like is surely key to being free or not. Is your home a prison cell or is it the core of your freedom? In this post, I attach a conversation with Earl Mardle who, with his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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No one claims that smoking is good for us anymore. So why do so many still smoke? Why don't they just quit? It is the same with our larger lives. We have become addicted to work and to being busy.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog