Ancestry.com is the link that The Prof. thinks is the best. After a discussion about Vimy Ridge, he came up with, and posted this latest account of one of my relatives who was in the first world war. With permission, I've changed a bit of the text to refer to my own ancestor, my grandfather's cousin.
Lance Corporal Robert Alexander Hood (1895 - 1917)
Robert Alexander Hood (a cousin of my paternal grandfather) was born in 1895 in a small village north-west of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He went to France in 1916 when he was only 21 years old. Robert fought with the 73rd Battalion and he was killed in action at Vimy Ridge, April 12, in 1917.
Canadians "celebrate" the battle of Vimy Ridge as a great Canadian victory. It was part of the larger Battle of Arras, which in turn was a diversionary attack in support of the larger Nivelle Offensive carried out by the French Army. About 3,600 young Canadian men were killed during the four day battle and 7,000 more were wounded. This is just a small fraction of the casualties on both sides during World War I.
We need to be very careful not to glorify war while remembering all those young men and women who died in a war that never should have been fought. We will eventually go to Arras and visit the large memorial erected by the Canadian government. The deaths of soldiers like Robert Alexander Hood should never have happened.
I just found a picture of Robert. I actually may have a photo in a grouping of old photos that no one in the family recongnize at this point, but in ferreting out a few details, we may have come across a resource at the Wellington County Museum.
I'm posting this today, because "Who Do You Think You Are" is on tonight. It's a great show, and sure to get you wondering where you came from. We're off to the Wellington County Museum, photos in hand this weekend!