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andrew pugh

Good Evening

Could I ask a question concerning a Canadian chap called Norm Christie. Did he manage to get the funding for recovering 40 odd men from the Canadian Scottish one of whom was awarded a VC who were buried in a mine crater near Vimy Ridge 1917?

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Andy

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he did get some funding and actually began excavations, then I believe the project was shut down by the Govt., no further digging to take place, that is the last I have heard of the project, some one may be able to add more??

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andrew pugh

Hi robins2

Thanks for your reply. That is a great shame. Would have been great if he found the 42 Canadian Scottish men, of whom one was a recipient of the Victoria Cross.

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Andy  

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yes would have been a wonderful find and to be able to put them to a final rest

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andrew pugh

Hi again robin2

I wonder why the cost of getting this project of digging these men out was so expensive. I would bet that there were many folks out there who would have donated their labour for free. I for one would have, and I know others who would have. Was it a financial thing or a political problem that halted it?

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Andy 

 

 

Hi robins2

Thanks for your reply. That is a great shame. Would have been great if he found the 42 Canadian Scottish men, of whom one was a recipient of the Victoria Cross.

Regards

Andy  

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I do believe it was a political thing that stopped the project, if I remember correctly the Govt. had set a time limit on the excavation then ended  the permits to do so, as you say there would have been lots of volunteers to assist in project, my self included.

 

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Bob

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andrew pugh

Hi Bob

I personally would have thought that there would have been a public outcry concerning this. We are not talking about the possibility of finding just one individual were are talking about over 40 + men buried here who should have a final resting place. After all it was registered at the time and the error was down to the War Graves Commission then. Are we starting to forget ww1, I hope not.

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Andy  

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I did not see any public replies to the situation here in Canada, Christie had a video made of the last part of the excavation and the end of the project, I have heard no more on the subject, are we starting to forget WW1  I sincerely hope not, over the last few years there has been a increase of the numbers attending the Remembrance Day ceremonies here in Calgary and I think the rest of Canada so that is a good sign, the younger generations need to be educated and made aware of the sacrifices our ancestors made so that we can continue to live in a free world.

 

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Bob 

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