Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – CR Magrath and John L Godwin, allsaints, Ottawa

Each soldier tells a story. Some stories start together, diverge, then come together again.

John and Magrath Godwin were born in Lethbridge, Alberta, sons of Frederick Richard Godwin and Anna Bella Lockhart Godwin. Both attended Lisgar Collegiate when the family moved to Ottawa. Magrath was one of the first to enlist, John enlisted months later, both serving in the Canadian Artillery. They were killed in action three months apart. Both are buried at Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, near Poperinghe, Belgium, where each is remembered on the other’s grave. Continue reading


Monday Monuments and Memorials – Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Ottawa

Lisgar Collegiate Institute has a history in Ottawa longer than Canada itself: founded in 1843, it just celebrated its 175th anniversary. Students entering the main doors of the school at 29 Lisgar St cannot help but turn their minds to WW1. In Memorial Hall they are surrounded by reminders of alumni and alumnae who served in the war. Continue reading