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Sgt. Charles J. MacLean

  • MG 15.20
  • Fonds
  • 1932

Fonds consists of the following poem, written on Armistice Day, 1932:

Do You Remember?

I see by the news in this morning's papers
The God of War is again cutting capers.
The nations, we're told, are all ready for battle;
At a drop of a hat the sabers will rattle;
But before we'll enlist, and our knapsacks stow
Let's see what happened just a few years ago.
A prince or a pauper was shot in fourteen.
At that time the blood was just a small stream;
From that to a river, then to a cascade
And for four bloody years not a whit did it fade.
Remember Ypres, that line with a curve?
In that salient plenty died, their country to serve.
And Mons, the battle, that was a retreat!;
Some called it victory, some others defeat.
It was not for us to decide who was right;
We were just there for one thing, and that was to fight
And while in that sector don't forget Sillibeck
Where death stood by and with fingers did beck.
He collected his thousands at bleak St. Eloi;
Passchendale and Kemmel must have filled him with joy.
He gathered his full quota at old Dicie Bouche,
Before, after, and at the end of the push.

Remember Cloth Hall and torn Ypres Square
That you crossed by good luck, or maybe a prayer?
Then Hell Fire Corner was your destination;
Will you ever forget there that field dressing station
That you passed so swiftly, just holding your breath,
For to stop there an instant was almost sure death?
But move farther south and of time make a bridge;
Let's see what happened around Vimy Ridge.
White crosses bear evidence of that awful slaughter;
Why, blood was so plenty, it ran just like water.
And Crucifix Corner, far up on the way
To the saving Victim you had this to say,
"Open wide the Gate of Heaven to us below
Thy aid supply, Thy strength bestow."
Did you forget the fronts ahead of Bruay,
Boveeney, Hersin Compeeniee, and Ester Cushay,
Lens, Arras, Mericourt and Bethune,
Monchy, Carency, not forgetting Bapune?
This was no Gettysburg, nor yet Waterloo,
But a continuous battle, all the way through.
Now, let's stop at Amiens, that city so fair
And ponder awhile on those buried there;
The flower of youth who was so impatient
To lay down his life for his very own nation;
For Democracy to guard, and always to keep.
I don"t know whether to laugh ...... or ......to weep.

Now on to the Somme, and to Courselette; ,
Things happened there you'll never forget.
Remember the town Albert, with just a few people,
And the Virgin bent over the old church steeple?
With outstretched arms she watched you go by
As if praying for those about to die.
And maybe, as they looked far above,
Said, "Touch my spirit, 0 Fountain of love."
After the battle you passed on that street.
There she was, lying down at your feet,
All covered with mud, battered and broken;
A piece in your pocket you took for a token.
Of course you picture with some alarm
The remains of your buddies at Molke's farm.
If your mind is clear and can still bear the load,
Just think of the dead along Sunken Road.
And the sugar refinery that once was so sweet,
Where the flies started on sugar, but ended with meat.
In those battles we thought we were awful good,
But the Yanks did the same down Belleau Wood.
Now down in that sector I am not familiar,
But you can take it from me it was just similar.
With valor and courage they fought Chateau Thiery;
That they won the baltle is still the old theory.
If you ask my opinion no battle is won
With bombs or sabres, cannon or gun;
For it's got to be finished the lame and the blind.
The nerve broken vets, the lame and the blind.

A million lie dead down in Verdun;
They called it a victory and a fight well done.
If that is the case, to that I retort,
"Bring Back my buddies, you take the fort!"
But what's the use of talking and taking your time?
There are as many heroes across on the Rhine;
And in Austria, Russia, and Turkey too;
In Italy, Spain, and down in Peru.
What we were fighting for, excuse the pun,
We were not mad with Austrian, Turk, or Hun.
Just because a prince got rubbed out with some lead
They crippled and maimed and left five million dead.
Now before I finish let me you remind
Of the trenches, the vermin, the gas and the grind;
The funkholes, the sunkholes, the shellholes and craters
Also the liquid fires that were merely crematers.
The lousy dugout, the miner's wet sap,
The listening post by the wire just out at the gap,
Where you lay there and shivered without even a grumble
If you'd anything to shoot at, the chance is you'd fumble.
Do you remember the mud, the muck and the rain -
Number nines from the doctor to cure all your pain?
Just listen to me-war's not what it's painted-
The rations were bad, the water was tainted.
Can't you hear still the scream of the big shells,
As your haIr stood on end and your blood it did jell?
The rattle of machine guns, the crump of the motor,
The cry of the wounded just pleading for water.
What about the coal boxes, the fish tails and stokes
With a number on them for some of the blokes?
The swish of the whiz bang, the moan of the dying
You were there, Buddy, you know I'm not lying.
Now about the wounded still walking our streets;
Maybe to some life is still sweet.
To others life, I know, must be near zero.
Well, what do you expect? You're just a live hero
Don't you remember at the end of the war,
You got a gold medal, and also a bar?
For the others, I mean the ones that are dead
Will give you a requiem of sights, and tears that are shed
By mothers, and sisters, or maybe a wife,
Sweetheart, brother, or dad, bet your life.
So you thought you're a hero! For crying out loud!
Why, you old sap, you're just one of the crowd!
Don't talk war to me; just hold your whist.
Let's stow our knapsacks. What say we enlist?

MacLean, Charles J.

17th Battalion

  • 77-924-1058
  • Item
  • ca. 1910

Item is a photograph of six members of the old 17th Battalion with the first Sydney court house in the background.

17th Battery Artillery Unit

  • 77-889-1023
  • Item
  • 20th century

Item is a photograph of the 17th Battery Artillery, taken at Victoria Park, Sydney.

Naval Personnel

  • 77-410-544
  • Item
  • ca. 1942

Item is a photograph of naval and civilian personnel and the Sydney Harbour defences during WWII.

Naval Personnel

  • 77-409-543
  • Item
  • ca. 1942

Item is a photograph of naval and civilian personnel and the Sydney Harbour defences during WWII.

94th Highlanders Summer Camp

  • 77-198-332
  • Item
  • ca. 1898

Item is a photograph of the 94th Highlanders Summer Camp in Big Baddeck.

94th Regiment at Camp

  • 77-196-330
  • Item
  • ca. 1898

Item is a photograph of the 94th Regiment at camp in Big Baddeck.

94th Regiment at Camp

  • 77-195-329
  • Item
  • ca. 1898

Item is a photograph of the 94th Regiment at camp in Big Baddeck.

94th Regiment at Camp

  • 77-194-328
  • Item
  • ca. 1898

Item is a photograph of the 94th Regiment at camp in Big Baddeck.

94th Regiment at Camp

  • 77-193-327
  • Item
  • ca. 1898

Item is a photograph of the 94th Regiment at camp in Big Baddeck.

94th Highlanders

  • 77-192-326
  • Item
  • ca. 1895

Item is a photograph of the 94th Highlanders at camp in Big Baddeck.

C.B. Highlanders

  • 77-1152-1286
  • Item
  • 1943

Item is a photograph of the Cape Breton Highlanders arriving in Italy, with piper John MacMillan in the foreground.

185th Battalion, Broughton

  • 77-904-1038
  • Item
  • ca. 1914

Item is a photograph of the 185th Battalion at Broughton with the Broughton Hotel in the background. The photograph was taken during WWI. A row of soldiers are assembled in the rear of the hotel and stand before officers in full uniform.

185th Battalion, Broughton

  • 77-903-1037
  • Item
  • ca. 1914

Item is a postcard of the 185th Battalion marching past the Broughton Hotel taken during WWI.

James Day and William Blackwood

  • 77-834-968
  • Item
  • 1914

Item is a photograph of James Day and William Blackwood, members of the 17th Battery, leaving for World War I.

Cape Breton Highlanders

  • 77-736-870
  • Item
  • 20th century

Item is a photograph of the 85th Cape Breton Highlanders.

Cape Breton Highlanders

  • 77-735-869
  • Item
  • 20th century

Item is a photograph of the 85th Cape Breton Highlanders taken in England during the First World War. J.A. MacKinnon is identified as the sixth from the left in the second row.

Cape Breton Highlanders

  • 77-712-846
  • Item
  • 20th century

Item is a photograph of five members of the Cape Breton Highlanders taken during the First World War. Four of them are identified from as Tom Buckley, Michael MacLean, Wilson MacLean, Lieut. P. MacDonald (94th Battalion).

Cape Breton Highlanders

  • 77-711-845
  • Item
  • 20th century

Item is a photograph of two members of the Cape Breton Highlanders taken during the First World War. The two members, identified as D.N. MacLeod and Frank Robbins of the 85th Battalion, are both standing in uniform in front of a wall.

Cape Breton Members of the Canadian Army

  • 77-706-840
  • Item
  • 20th century

Item is a photograph of two unidentified members of the Canadian Army from Cape Breton during the First World War. Both are in full uniforms, including kilts.

Cape Breton Members of the Canadian Army

  • 77-705-839
  • Item
  • 20th century

Item is a photograph of two unidentified members of the Canadian Army from Cape Breton taken during the First World War. One member sits while the other stands. Both are in full uniform.

Cape Breton Members of the Canadian Army

  • 77-704-838
  • Item
  • 20th century

Item is a photograph of two unidentified members of the Canadian Army from Cape Breton taken during the First World War.

Cape Breton Members of the Canadian Army

  • 77-703-837
  • Item
  • 20th century

Item is a photograph of two unidentified members of the Canadian Army from Cape Breton, taken during the First World War. Both are in full uniform.

C.B. Highlanders

  • 77-700-834
  • Item
  • 1917

Item is a photograph of four members of the Cape Breton Highlanders during the First World War. Those pictured are identified as J.W. MacKenzie of Boularderie, D.N. MacDonald, David Livingstone of Boularderie, and Lt. Paul MacGillivary of Antigonish.

Cape Breton Highlanders

  • 77-694-828
  • Item
  • 1925

Item is a photograph of the Cape Breton Highlanders (G.O.C. and Staff M.D. 6 and Officers of the 1st Bn., 85th Bn. C.E.F.) taken in August 1925.

94th Band, Baddeck

  • 77-617-751
  • Item
  • 1898

Item is a photograph of the 94th Band, Baddeck, with the names of numbers listed on the back of the picture.

Court House

  • 77-593-727
  • Item
  • ca. 1900

Item is a photograph of the Sydney 17th Field Battery in front of the first Cape Breton County court house at Victoria Park.

Cape Breton Highlanders

  • 77-515-649
  • Item
  • ca. 1914

Item is a photograph of the Cape Breton Highlanders and band at Broughton, WWI.

Broughton Arms Hotel

  • 77-432-566
  • Item
  • ca. 1914

Item is a photograph of the Broughton Arms Hotel with soldiers during WWI.

Msgr. Donald MacPherson

  • 77-396-530
  • Item
  • 1919

Item is a photograph of the 66 Battery, C.F.A. taken in Belgium. Msgr. Donald MacPherson is sitting first row centre.

Msgr. Donald MacPherson

  • 77-395-529
  • Item
  • 1916

Item is a photograph of Msgr. Donald MacPherson and Fr. Mulderry, of Dublin, in front of the Sphinx and the Pyramids in Egypt.

WW1 Military Parade on Charlotte Street, Sydney

  • 82-176-6876
  • Item
  • ca. 1914

Item is a photograph of a military parade that took place on Charlotte Street in Sydney during World War 1. A band is leading a procession down the middle of the road while bystanders view from both sides of the street.

Iona Soldiers

  • 76-89
  • Item
  • 1914-1918

Item is a photograph of approximately twenty young men, some in uniform, prior to their departure for Europe during World War One.

185th Overseas Battalion, N.S. Highland Brigade

  • 80-286-4466
  • Item
  • 1916

Item is a composite photograph of the 185th Overseas Battalion, N.S. Highland Brigade of Lt. Col. Day O.C. during World War 1. Photo was taken in Sydney by H.O. Dodge.

Dodge, H. O.

W.V. MacKinnon, M.E. Amos, W. Gordon, S.W. Hirtle

  • 84-88-14188 P511
  • Item
  • 1914-1919

Item is a postcard showing five soldiers of the 25th Battalion of the CEF taken during World War 1. The soldiers are identified on the reverse of the item and are in full uniform.

Gerald Liscombe and Burns MacDonald

  • 93-33-24007
  • Item
  • 9 October, 1918

Item is a photograph of Gerald Liscombe (on the left) and fellow 185th Battalion member Burns MacDonald (on the right) in full uniform during World War 1. The photo was taken in France.

185th Battalion, Broughton

  • 94-1121-25636
  • Item
  • 1915

Item is a photograph of the 185th Battalion parading in Broughton, where they were stationed during the beginning of World War 1.

First World War Officers

  • 97-211-28049
  • Item
  • 1919

Item is a photograph of four medical personnel officers inside Moxham's Castle, stationed there during World War 1 when the castle functioned as a military hospital. The photo was taken in 1919 and shows them sat around a large desk facing the camera.

Gerald Liscombe and soldier

  • 93-39-24013
  • Item
  • 1914-1918

Item is a photograph of Gerald Liscombe (sitting) and another soldier (standing) in full uniform in a formal portrait during World War 1.

John Bernard Croak

  • 84-1341-15441
  • Item
  • 1918

Item is a photograph of John Bernard Croak, later awarded the Victoria Cross, in full uniform during World War 1.

185th Battalion, Broughton

  • 91-621-22582
  • Item
  • ca. 1914

Item is a photograph of the 185th Battalion parading in Broughton, where they were stationed during the beginning of World War 1.

94th Regiment

  • 94-931-25446a
  • Item
  • 1900-1918

Item is a photograph of 38 soldiers in full uniform at arms and with instruments posing at an unknown location, possibly Margaree. It was likely taken during World War 1.

94th Regiment

  • 94-931-25446b
  • Item
  • 1900-1918

Item is a photograph of 38 soldiers in full uniform at arms and with instruments posing at an unknown location, possibly Margaree. The exact date is unknown but it was likely taken during World War 1.

Burns MacDonald

  • 93-41-24015
  • Item
  • 1917

Item is a photograph of Burns MacDonald in full uniform in Qurchel, France during World War 1.

Hal McCurdy

  • 93-07-23981
  • Item
  • 1914-1918

Item is a photograph of Hal McCurdy in full uniform during his service in World War 1.

Mary Belle MacNeill with brother

  • 92-17-23192
  • Item
  • 1918

Item is a photograph of Mary Belle MacNeill sitting at a table with her brother during World War 1. The photo was likely taken in England.

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