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    How NOT to use blogs

    By keithmroberts

    This area is not for queries but for ongoing blogs. if you want to ask for help, please go to the appropriate sub-forum in the main part of the GWF. You have been asked to make your first post in a specified location. Once you have done that, your query can be raised in the various sections of the forum. If you previously posted a request for help or information in this area, it is likely to be deleted at some point in the next few weeks or months. So if you have a reply, please make a note of it, If not, can you re-post it in the appropriate part of the forum, which is likely to get you a quick response. Keith Roberts for the GWF team
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Tuesday, 29th October 1918 - Canada's Hundred Days - 83

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 83. Troops of the 4th Canadian Infantry Division relieve the British 51st Division in front of Mont Houy, between the la Rhonelle River and the Canal de l'Escaut.  Meanwhile, French troops launch a successful attack on a 12-kilometer front northwest of Château Porcien, 29th October 1918. Imperial War Museum photos captured Tuesday, 29th October 1918. Library and Archives Canada
  61st Field Battery Canadian Divisional Artillery
  Lieutenant Abner Gladstone Virtue - 61st Fld Bty
  60th Field Battery Canadian Divisional Artillery
  A video of today's photos are to be found on my YouTube Account    

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Monday, 28th October 1918 - Canada's Hundred Days - 82

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 82. The 3rd Canadian Infantry Division takes over some of the 4th Division's front, while French troops are involved in
heavy fighting in taking the village of Verly. American troops face a similar fight around the village of Grand Pré,
Monday, 28th October 1918. The 47th Division of the British Army, with General William Birdwood, Commander-in-Chief of the Fifth Army, enter
Lille.  In the grandstand is the British Secretary of State for War, Winston Churchill. Imperial War Museum and MIKAN photos captured Monday, 28th October 1918. Library and Archives Canada
  61st Field Battery Canadian Divisional Artillery
  Lieutenant Abner Gladstone Virtue - 61st Fld Bty
  60th Field Battery Canadian Divisional Artillery
  A video of today's photos are to be found on my YouTube account: 
     

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Sunday, 27th October 1918 - Canada's Hundred Days - 81

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 81. A German attack northwest of the town Le Quesnoy is fended off, while French troops are in pursuit of German troops on the Serre-Oise salient. American troops capture Belleu Woods, on the east bank of the Meuse river. The German government agrees to American President Woodrow Wilson's latest peace demands, Sunday, 27th October 1918. Victoria Cross recipient:  Major William G. Barker M.C., D.S.O., I.C.V. - No. 139 Squadron, Royal Air Force Imperial War Museum photos captured Sunday, 27th October 1918. Library and Archives Canada
  61st Field Battery Canadian Divisional Artillery
  Lieutenant Abner Gladstone Virtue - 61st Fld Bty
    A video of today's photos are to be found on my FaceBook page:https://www.facebook.com/edward.walshe.566/videos/366638104083107/
 

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Saturday, 26th October 1918 - Canada's Hundred Days - 80

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 80.   Erich Lundendorff, First Quartermaster General of the German army, resigns under pressure from Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor and Commander-in-Chief of the German armed forces, Saturday, 26th October 1918.   In the early days of October, residents are encouraged to leave the town of Tournai by their occupiers - the Germans are clearly expecting a pounding and refugees are now entering the British lines. Imperial War Museum photos captured Saturday, 26th October 1918.   Library and Archives Canada
  61st Field Battery Canadian Divisional Artillery
  Lieutenant Abner Gladstone Virtue - 61st Fld Bty
  A video of today's photos are to be found on my FaceBook page:https://www.facebook.com/edward.walshe.566/videos/368267427253508/    

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Friday, 25th October 1918 - Canada's Hundred Days - 79

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 79.   The Battle of the Selle, begun October 17 and involving the British First, Third and Fourth Armies as well as the Second American Corps, comes to an end, Friday, 25th October 1918. From 14th October 1914 to 19th October 1918, Bruges was occupied by the Germans, with Admiral von Schroeder as Military Governor.  After stripping the town of everything that could be carried off, and blowing up the bridges, the enemy left the town.  Fortunately, the chimes in the belfry were left untouched, and as the Germans hurriedly departed, a peal rang out joyously.  Flags and banners were taken from their hiding-places and hung in the streets and squares.  "Bruges-the-dead" became "Bruges-the-living-and-joyful".   On Friday, 25th October 1918, amid indescribable enthusiasm, and to the strains of "La Brabançonne" and "La Marseillaise" ringing out on the old belfry chimes, King Albert, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Leopold, accompanied by the General Staff, General Degoutte and Admiral Ronarc'h, re-entered the liberated city of Bruges.   Imperial War Museum photos captured Friday, 25th October 1918.   Library and Archives Canada
  61st Field Battery Canadian Divisional Artillery
  Lieutenant Abner Gladstone Virtue - 61st Fld Bty
  A video of today's photos are to be found on my FaceBook page:https://www.facebook.com/edward.walshe.566/videos/367734867306764/    

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Family reunion inspired by remarkable Great War story a great success

A family reunion inspired by the remarkable story of John Roberts who had 30 grandsons in the Great War was attended by almost 150 people. It took place at the Waie Inn at Zeal Monachorum in Devon – a village close to where many of the grandsons were born. Those attending included a son and four daughters of three of the 30 grandsons of John Roberts who served in the Great War. Fifteen great-grandchildren of the agricultural labourer, who died aged 90 in 1919, were among those at the reunion. The eldest of John’s descendants there was 95-year-old Ivy Bucknell, of South Molton, who attended with her sister, Vera, who is 93. Their father, Frank Roberts, survived being shot in the head while serving with the 16th Devons in Palestine in 1917. The youngest at the event was nine-week-old Aurora Roberts, of Witheridge, who was joined by her young cousins, Ila and Orla. Relatives of ten of John Roberts’ grandsons who went to war – spanning four generations of the Roberts family – were at the reunion. People travelled from as far afield as Staffordshire, Wales, Norfolk, Buckinghamshire, London, East Sussex and Cornwall to attend. The event raised more than £500 for a hospice charity. The reunion exceeded all expectations. It brought together many direct descendants of John who were meeting for the first time. It was a wonderful way to honour John and his grandsons in a year in which the centenary of the Great War is being commemorated. The event was so successful, a follow up get-together has already been booked at the Waie Inn for October 2019.   The reunion took place nine days after an English oak memorial cross for John Roberts was dedicated at Witheridge Churchyard in Devon where he was buried 99 years ago. The story of John and his grandsons who went to war is told for the first time in the book History Maker.   The pictures show: 1. Aurora Roberts, the youngest of John Roberts' descendants at the family reunion in Devon, with her great aunt, Anne Mackenzie. Picture by Jackie Walker 2. The Memorial Cross for John Roberts at Witheridge. Picture by Tony Martin 3. A son and daughter of two of the 30 grandsons who went to war lay a wreath at the base of the Memorial Cross at the dedication ceremony. Picture by Tony Martin

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