Monthly Archives: November 2020

The disappearance of HMCS Shawinigan

An item from the Legion Magazine.

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Estate auction chronicles the colourful life of war correspondent Bill Boss

Estate auction chronicles the colourful life
of war correspondent Bill Boss

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Pierre Berton called him one of the toughest war correspondents he ever knew, a trusted and familiar newsman who “ate censors for breakfast.”

Recently, an Ontario firm auctioned off the estate of Gerard William Ramaut (Bill) Boss, 13 years after he died of pneumonia in an Ottawa hospital, age 90.

The collection of art, books, photographs, newspaper tearsheets, letters, telegrams, mementoes and press credentials showed the man known affectionately by his wire-service initials “bb” to generations of Canadian Press reporters and editors for what he was—a Renaissance man of the highest order. He was an eclectic, highly cultured, much-travelled and multi-talented writer and raconteur.


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The disappearance of HMCS Shawinigan
The disappearance of HMCS Shawinigan

The disappearance of HMCS Shawinigan

Story by Sharon Adams

After the ferry SS Caribou was sunk by a U-boat in October 1942 with a loss of 137, including many women and children, the navy provided escorts to ensure the safety of passengers.

Near the end of the war, HMCS Shawinigan was in Cabot Strait off Newfoundland. The corvette was not new to escort duty. Commissioned in late 1941, Shawinigan spent two years escorting convoys back and forth across the Atlantic. In 1944, it began escort duty in home waters, seeing East Coast ferries safely to and from port and patrolling for submarines.


This week in history
This week in history

November 28, 1917

The Newfoundland Regiment is designated ‘Royal’ by King George V.


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We would like to share our thanks with you.

An item from the World War One Centennial Commission.

On this Day of Thanks, we are reminded that liberty must always be defended, strengthened, and cherished.  We are grateful for the generations of Americans who lived and fought through harsh circumstances to do just that.

We would be remiss in not thanking you for joining us in remembering those who served and gave their lives in World War I. We are grateful for you and the thousands of people who have joined us for podcasts, webinars, virtual bell ringings, and Bells of Peace ceremonies throughout 2020.

America’s World War I Memorial will be key in keeping the War that Changed the World in the national conversation and making sure it is not relegated again to the mists of obscurity.  Thank you for your part in helping to protect our future by remembering our past.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Daniel S. Dayton
Executive Director
U.S. World War I Centennial Commission
Chair, Board of Directors
The Doughboy Foundation

Philip G. Mazzara
President & CEO
The Doughboy Foundation

So much to be thankful for:

Construction progressed well all year in 2020

Despite the incredible challenges brought by the Pandemic in logistics, supply, and labor, we are very grateful that the construction of the National WWI Memorial in Washington D.C. progressed incredibly well all year. The WWI Memorial is targeted for opening in Spring of 2021 as the flowers bloom in Washington.

Work on the sculpture in 2020

Like the NBA, Sabin Howard and his brilliant team created their own isolation bubble and were able to continue their work on the Memorial sculpture without disruption. They completed the first 11 figures of “A Soldier’s Journey” on schedule. In an interesting repeat of history, those clay Doughboys shipped out from New Jersey to the UK and the foundry, Pangolin Editions. Sculpting on the second block “The Battle Scene” is in full swing.

Webinars about WWI for a locked down public

Lockdown came as a shock to everyone this spring. We are thankful that participants and staff were able to seamlessly switch to remote operation, and also stay in touch with YOU through a series of webinars on a variety of WWI related topics including Genealogy, the Hello Girls, WWI Education, progress on the Memorial and more.

Yes. So much to be thankful for…

Most of all we are thankful that we are able to serve in the name of the men and women of America from 100 years ago who gave and sacrificed so much for our country.

We all remember you on this day of thanks.

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You’re invited! Save your spot today | C100 is hiring!

Note this up-coming event from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Wednesday 11.25.2020

Hi Michael,

What a time it is for Canadians in tech, both at home and abroad! For those abroad, how can this talented diaspora help shape Canada’s place in the world?

Whether you are an expat yourself, know a few or are simply a passionately proud Canadian, save your spot today for an exciting event with John Stackhouse on December 9th! Event details are found below.

In addition, we’d love to have a moment of your time in answering three short questions.

All the Best,

The C100 Team


There are enough Canadians abroad to constitute an 11th province.  This impressive talent pool consisting of entrepreneurs, educators, humanitarians and more, often share a profound desire to to export Canadian values to the world. Join C100 for an open discussion about the role expats can play in Canada’s place in the world.

Register today to save your spot for an in-depth conversation with John Stackhouse.




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C100 Members benefit from mentorship and investment, to participating in high-value Member-exclusive events, including  48Hrs in the Valley, and intimate gatherings (yes, even virtually!). A C100 Membership has also been a way to give back to Canada.

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, & talent. Apply to join as a member today! If you have any questions, our team is here to help.

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There’s a NEW Special Edition Christmas Tommy

An item from the organization formerly known at There But Not There.

Let us take you back in time.

Introducing our New Special Edition Tommy: Tommy United

To commemorate the brave soldiers who came together on Christmas Day in 1914, RBLI are launching a new, special edition Tommy: Tommy United.

In 1914, British and German troops formed a truce like no other in the history of modern warfare, putting their differences aside and coming together for a game of football on Christmas Day.

Tommy United symbolises the togetherness and unity that can be found in times of adversity. This Christmas, put your Tommy in the Window to show your support.

Being fulfilled by veterans, every sale of Tommy United directly contributes to the employment and support of veterans, who need us now more than ever.

Tommy United | 1914 Christmas Truce Special Edition Military Figure
Tommy United | 1914 Christmas Truce Special Edition Military Figure
  • 10″/25cm high Special Edition Figure
  • Made from Perspex, with an acrylic base 
  • Genuine Tommy product- comes with Certificate of Authentication, signed by veterans and official Tommy sticker and unique number
  • Includes 1914 Christmas Truce Booklet documenting the occasion 
  • All housed within a beautiful commemorative box

The Christmas Truce

It’s Christmas Eve, 1914 in Ploegsteert, Belgium. The weather on the Western Front is a vile combination of bitterly cold winds, freezing temperatures, heavy rain and snow. The trenches are filled with deep mud, and trench foot is prevalent amongst the men on the front line. Morale is at an all time low. Stuck waiting on the front line with no guarantee of a safe return, British troops are longing to be home with their families.

Just a hundred yards away, German troops are experiencing the same hardship and fatigue; them too yearning for home comforts and a Christmas with their families.

Over the days prior, many areas along the trench lines had become quiet. The faint sounds of German Christmas carols could be heard from the British lines, who replied with British carols and words of Christmas wishes.

The clock strikes midnight, it’s Christmas Day. British troops are exchanging words of warm wishes and hope of a safe return, when the words ‘Merry Christmas Tommy’ are heard from the German Trenches.

What happened next was a unofficial truce like no other in modern warfare. British and German troops met in the middle of ‘no man’s land’. They shook hands and exchanged gifts, taking photos and singing carols.

Most famously, the brave soldiers from both sides played a game of football together. Despite the bitter conflict that had happened in the months prior, both sides united on Christmas Day, with their differences in war set aside.

Albert Wyatt, a young Corporal serving in A Company, 1st Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment recalls the events of Christmas Day in the trenches from first-hand experience, stating “we finished up… kicking a football about between the two firing lines. So football in the firing lines between the British and the Germans is the truth, as I was one that played.”

Five years on from 1914, Royal British Legion Industries was established to help wounded, injured and sick ex-Forces (Tommies), returning from the World War One. RBLI has a proud 100 year heritage as a leading military charity, helping to improve the lives of those who sacrificed so much.

Today, we are dealing with another kind of battle. Our focus has shifted from helping injured veterans from WW1 and WW2 to supporting today’s veterans in employment, housing and mental health. We have developed a far greater understanding of PTSD and mental health issues within ex-Forces community, and realise that this a very prevalent, growing issue.

Please help us support the veterans of today by putting Tommy United in your window this Christmas.

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