Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books


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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Col William Campbell MacDonald, St James Cathedral, Toronto

Each soldier tells a story.

A front page headline in the 22 January 1917 issue of the Toronto Globe declared: “Popular Officer Killed, Four People Injured, at Toronto Station … Col WC MacDonald Killed by Light Engine … Shocking Accident at Union Station after Departure of Troop Train.” Continue reading

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Major Charles Alexander Moss, St James Cathedral, Toronto

Each soldier tells a story.

Amongst the plaques in St James Cathedral at the corner of King St E and Church St in Toronto:

In loving memory of Charles Alexander Moss, Major, Third Battalion, Toronto Regiment, born at Toronto, June the 19th, 1872, wounded in the advance on Regina Trench, Somme, on the morning of October the 8th, 1916, died at Rouen, October the 24th, 1916. Continue reading


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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Elmes Pollock Henderson, St James Cathedral, Toronto

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Elmes Pollock Henderson was born in Toronto on 27 Jun 1885, the son of Elmes and Frederica Jane Henderson. In 1906, he graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, and obtained a commission in the Indian Army. In 1907, he was posted to the 106th Hazara Pioneers, the regiment in which he spent the rest of his career. He is on the right in the back row of a 1913 photo of the British and Native officers of the 106th Hazara Pioneers (National Army Museum image number 139238).  Continue reading


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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Cathedral Cross, St James Cathedral, Toronto

The Cathedral Church of St James, Mother House for the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, stands at the corner of King St E and Church St. The Cathedral Cross stands in the park to the west of the cathedral. Continue reading