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General Category => Events => Topic started by: The Big Gimper on October 05, 2018, 12:37:45 AM

Title: Remembrance Day 2018
Post by: The Big Gimper on October 05, 2018, 12:37:45 AM
We printed 66,349 individual covers of Maclean's magazine for Remembrance Day each bearing the name of a Canadian serviceman and woman who died in WWI. Plus one for the unknown soldier. (

Title: Re: Remembrance Day 2018
Post by: Chris on October 05, 2018, 08:41:58 PM
That is an absolutely fantastic tribute. Very, very well done
Title: Re: Remembrance Day 2018
Post by: The Big Gimper on December 04, 2018, 08:00:52 AM
My wife was cleaning her mom's house and today she discovered that her grand uncle James Hambleton (he was 30) died of his wounds while fighting in the battle of the Canal du Nord as a private in the Manitoba Regiment, 16th Infantry Battalion, 4th Canadian Division on September 30, 1918 near Blecourt. The objective was Cuvillier.

Battle map is here: (

He was declared MIA on Oct 1, 1918. It appears he and others were taken as a POWs and he died some time thereafter as the Red Cross in Geneva forwarded a German list of allied casualties with his name was on it.  He is buried in the Denain Communal Cemetery.


To the Memory of these seven soldiers, of the British Empire who died as prisoners of war
and were buried at the time in Denain German Military Cemetery but whose graves are now lost.

L. to R.: J. Hambleton - J. A. McInnis - J. Covell - A. Moss - W. J. Crutchley - P. H. Cooke - W. Anderson.

Denain was a German hospital centre during the greater part of the War; and from the 1st November, 1918, to the 12th March, 1919, the 33rd Casualty Clearing Station was posted in the town.

The Communal Cemetery, was used by the Germans to bury their soldiers and (in 1917 and 1918) 153 British prisoners. A British plot was made at the South-East end, after the capture of the town; and after the Armistice the graves of the prisoners and other British graves were regrouped beside it.