On this day: The first British Army officer to die in ground action …

Lt George Masterman Thompson, 1st Bn Royal Scots (attached Gold Coast Regiment) George was born at Eshowe, Zululand on 21 February 1890. Educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst, he was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Royal Scots in October 1909. Transferring to the 1st Battalion in 1910, he served with it in India until 1913 when, after promotion to Lieutenant in February, he was seconded to the WAFF and the Gold Coast Regiment in November 1913.

After the declaration of war, George was made Military Commandant of the town of Quittah before crossing the border into enemy territory in Togoland. Near Chra on 21 August, Edward aquitted himself well in a fight with against strongly entrenched German positions and, as a consequence of his command of the French language, was put in command of a mixed French/British/Colonial force for the attack the following day. Edward was mortally wounded by machine gun fire at the head of his men on the following afternoon.

He was later awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palms for gallantry by the French.

He is buried in Wahala Cemetery (formerly Chra Village Cemetery) and has the only Commonwealth war grave in Togo from either the First or Second World Wars.

Researched for the WFA by David O Mara, Croonaert Research Service 1 References ^ David O’Mara (www.westernfrontassociation.com)

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British Army Veteran Takes on CrossFit: Episode 4

In this six-part series titled Building Burgess 1 , we meet Mike Burgess a 42-year-old British Army veteran and find out about his history and effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on his life. At the start of this episode Mike discusses the difficulty getting a good sleep when you have PTSD. Next we follow him to a Veterans day ceremony, something he has shied away from in the past.

Mike discusses some of the physical and mental changes he is beginning to experience through CrossFit and we witness some of his workout footage.

2 Check out Building Burgess Episode 4: It s making me concentrate on me , in the video above. John is a newsreader, freelance writer and Level 1 CrossFit Trainer. A contributing writer for the CrossFit Games and CrossFit Community websites, he is the current Australia Regional Media Director for CrossFit Inc.

When he’s not CrossFitting, he can often be heard reading the morning news on the radio or trying to convince people that chicken burgers, french fries and beer are all Paleo.

References ^ British Army Veteran Takes on CrossFit: Episode 1 (therxreview.com) ^ Mike (journal.crossfit.com)

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Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regiment (PPCLI …

Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment (PPCLI) Memorial Baton Relay Sept.

7, 2014 The following text, which I m pleased to share with you, was forwarded to me by David Juliusson: PPCLI Memorial Baton Relay September 7, 2014, 10 am Trinity Church, 26 Stavebank Road N., Mississauga Canada s famous Princess Patricia s Light Infantry that is, the Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment (PPCLI) 1 is celebrating 100 years of service. The Memorial Baton contains the Roll of Honour of the Regiment, symbolizing the national character of the Regiment and the passing of the torch from generation to generation as old soldiers retire and new ones join the Colours. The Roll of Honour lists all members of the Regiment killed in action since World War 1.

The Memorial Baton Relay will travel from Edmonton to Ottawa between August 10, the date of the Regiment s call to service, and September 18, when it was formed in Ottawa. Trinity Church The Regiment will be in Port Credit on September 7 where a 100th Anniversary plaque will be unveiled by Adrienne Clarkson (Colonel-in-Chief) at the Adamson family crypt at Trinity Church at 10 am. Agar Adamson joined the Patricia s in August 1914 and was one of the original officers who survived the war.

He commanded the Regiment from June 1916 until May 1918, including the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Adamson Estate After the plaque dedication, the Memorial Baton Relay will run to the Adamson Estate where a second plaque will be unveiled. Small Arms building The relay will continue to the Small Arms building at 1352 Lakeshore Rd.

East 2 ] (Estimated Time of Arrival 11:30 am) and the PPCLI Centennial Display Team will showcase the Regiment s history. For more information on the PPCLI, please visit their web site here.

3 This text has been forwarded to me by David Juliusson of Toronto – for which we owe many thanks! A previous post about the Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment can be accessed here.

4 Three-part mural, in front of Small Arms building at Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East, depicting the strong local connection to military history. The pathway on the right leads to the site, now commemorated with a plaque located along a bike trail just west of Haig Boulevard, of Canada’s First Aerodrome. Jaan Pill photo Previous posts about the mural at the Small Arms building can be accessed here and here.

5 6 References ^ (PPCLI) (preservedstories.com) ^ Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East (preservedstories.com) ^ here. (www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca) ^ here. (preservedstories.com) ^ here (preservedstories.com) ^ here. (preservedstories.com)

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