A century ago today…

A hundred years ago, Great Britain, her Dominions, and her colonies were in the throes of the Great War — the War to End All Wars.

The First World War. There would be another.

Among the thousands and thousands of Canadian soldiers — civilian soldiers not regular army — was one Percy Frederick Theobald, who volunteered to serve on January 31, 1916.

This blog follows his experience  as a gunner in the Canadian Expeditionary Force — in real time plus a hundred years — from the day he enlisted, using materials from a private archive of diaries, letters, photographs and ephemera, supplemented with historical notes  and commentary.

New readers should consult “Reading Percy’s War” to understand its structure and to find out how to comment and follow.