Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Battle of Moreuil Wood reverberates still

The Battle of Moreuil Wood took place on a wooded ridge above the village of Moreuil, France, on March 30th, 1918. The sounds of the battle have long faded, but the inherited memories linger on.
Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) do not list "Moreuil" among their battle honours, but the regiment celebrates the occasion as close as possible to the anniversary date, subject to operational requirements, and have done so since 1927. This year, the commemoration will be marked with a sports day and social events to take place over March 20th to 21st at the regiment's home in Fort Steele, north of Edmonton.
None among the attendees will have fought at Moreuil, but no doubt toasts to the memory of those who did will he hoisted by veterans of subsequent wars. My father never attended a Moreuil Day celebration, as far as I know; but I hope to be there out of respect for those who rode with him and for those who continue to serve.


Anonymous said...

You provided an excellent discription of this battle in your book Bob. It is admirable that you continue to honour your father and those who fought with him by attending this event and sharing the stories for futuire generations.
Happy New Year to you and yours. I hope our paths cross again soon.

Sincere Endeavour said...

I appreciate the continuing updates, keeping me connected to my Summer of 2011 Read, and more, importantly, to an evolving education of the period and our Nation's contribution. S.B.

Robert Mackay said...

Others in the Canadian Cavalry Brigade share the inherited memories of the Battle of Moreuil Wood. Royal Canadian Dragoons, Fort Garry Horse, Machine Gun Brigade, and others.

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