And we're excited about it! The Gregg Centre team is off to Italy for a three-week study tour in May, then again to France and Flanders in July. Follow along on the Italy and France and Flanders virtual tour sites to see photos and discussion points for each day. If you have any questions about what you see or read, don't hesitate to submit a question to our Ask an Historian page!
Submitted to our Ask an Historian page by a Grade 8 student from George Street Middle School in New Brunswick.
My soldier, William D. Brewer, was awarded a "good conduct badge" on completion of two years of good conduct on September 1st, 1916.
Where do we find out what soldiers were doing to earn a badge of good conduct?
The first question submitted to our Ask an Historian page is from a Grade 10 class at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in Ontario.
My question is based on an artefact that was brought into the school. On the side of the small wooden box there is a name stencilled. Underneath the name are the numbers and letters:
2nd W.Y. Lgt. Inty.
The student that is working on this is assuming that the Lgt stands for Light and Inty is Infantry. The student has been looking in the British Light Infantry battalions but unsure. Thoughts?
The World War Women special exhibition at the Canadian War Museum is well worth a visit. Multiple perspectives are addressed: women from different backgrounds, who participated in the war effort, protested the war, and were affected by war in different ways are profiled. It provides some excellent ideas for educators looking for entry points into Canadian women's experiences of war: types of womens' service in the Canadian Forces, Canada's labour history, technological advancements on the home front, continuity and change in gender roles, among many others. I was particularly struck by the oral testimony of a woman who worked at the airfields cleaning out cockpits after crashes. How many of the women war workers would have benefitted from mental health support that was not available to them?
We attended a truly delightful and moving play last night in Fredericton, The War Bride. Based on Melynda Jarratt's book Captured Hearts, the play delved into some significant themes of the Second World War through the individual experiences of Adele, Rog, and Norm. Many thanks to the Saint John Theatre Company for hosting a daytime performance for students and teachers as well!