From Classroom to Battlefield: Victoria High School and the First World War

In August 1914, Canada came upon itself jolted from its most appropriate isolation by way of the onrush of a ecu disaster. In Victoria, British Columbia, early life who have been trained at Victoria highschool went to conflict and have been without end replaced by way of the event.

From school room to Battlefield follows the studies of this cohort during the moment conflict of Ypres, whilst Canadians suffered extraordinarily from the German use of poison fuel; the horrors of the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and Amiens; and, finally, victory at Mons. It weaves Victoria excessive colleges idealistic hopes into the realities of the ache, affliction, and dying in far flung fields of fireside, whereas reading legacies of the clash at domestic. this can be a poignant booklet approximately struggle, reminiscence, and sacrifice from one among Canadas preeminent writers of old nonfiction.

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From may perhaps 15 to twenty-five, the 1st department took half within the conflict of Festubert, the place Canadians took negative losses but submit stiff resistance. by way of June the salient remained solid regardless of the entire artillery, gasoline, and infantry the Germans had thrown at it, and it remained mostly that means till the Passchendaele crusade started there on July 31, 1917. five This used to be the final scenario of those days. The Canadians misplaced greater than a 3rd in their infantry of their first conflict, and Victoria suffered its first nice losses of the warfare. Herbert William Boggs, born in Victoria on July 28, 1892, a Victoria highschool graduate, was once learning legislations in Victoria while conflict broke out. As he used to be the 1st Canadian officer to be killed within the clash, his tale is very noteworthy. His family members used to be of United Empire Loyalist inventory from Nova Scotia, and his father, Thomas Frederick William Boggs, the neighborhood recruiting officer, had come west as a lieutenant in a provisional battalion through the 1885 Riel uprising. Thomas was once good attached in enterprise circles, relatively genuine property and coverage. starting up huge tracts of land together with Gordon Head, helping neighborhood public colleges, and advancing the Anglican theological collage in Vancouver have been good points of his lifestyles. Herbert and his mom and dad, elder brother, and sisters, Mary and Dorothy, lived at Maplewood, now 1140 Arthur Currie Lane, Victoria West. The Boggs kin confirmed a prepared curiosity in issues ancient, civic, and army, they usually held a in demand position within the urban and province. 6 The family members used to be hooked up to Christ Church Cathedral, and Herbert used to be a member of the James Bay Athletic organization, the longest-lived Canadian activities association west of Montreal. on the tuition, Herbert and his brother, Arthur Beaumont Boggs, three hundred and sixty five days his senior, were well-known within the Cadet Battalion, and there's a photograph of them and the opposite officials and non-commissioned officials in 1910 (half of those males might die within the nice War). 7 Arthur selected a occupation within the military, turned a cadet on the Royal army university of Canada, and used to be commissioned within the Indian military. Captain Arthur Beaumont Boggs survived the battle. He used to be in a cavalry unit of the Indian military whilst battle started, and he went to France, the place he was once wounded in motion. In 1922, he was once provided the Order of the British Empire. in the meantime, Herbert joined the 88th Regiment, Victoria Fusiliers, and at war’s outbreak enlisted within the CEF and went to Valcartier. Crossing the Atlantic with the 1st Canadian department, he came across himself on Salisbury undeniable for additional rigorous education. by means of February 1915, he used to be at the Western entrance. In northeastern Belgium, within the Ypres salient, close to l. a. Bassée, Herbert Boggs, now first lieutenant, discovered himself commanding the left platoon of No. three corporation, seventh Infantry Battalion (the British Columbia Regiment). As said, the German “race to the ocean” were halted a few months prior to. Now the heavy siege struggle started, with assaults and counterattacks via opposing forces.

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