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The Great War: Vimy Ridge
George Van Wyck Laughton, M.C.

Canadian - Serving in the British 3rd Army, 34th Division,  
26th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish)

                               


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Some of the web sites that I have found to be of great value in learning more about the exploits of the British Army and the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War are as follows:  (see also: Forum Member Links and CEF Study Group Links)

British Expeditionary Force
Getting Started Links - Long, Long Trail Great War: Chris Baker The Imperial War Museum
Commonwealth War Graves Commission For King and Empire The British Army in the Great War
Sir Douglas Haig's Despatches BBC World War One 1917 WWI Britain Books
The Great War: Western Front BEF Role of Artillery (also CEF) Great War Forum

Canadian Expeditionary Force
CEF Study Group The CEF Paper Trail Canadian Heroes 
Canadian Great War Project CBC Great War Project
Royal Canadian Legion (Vimy Site) Royal Canadian Legion Magazine Canada and the Great War
Dominion Institute - Canada Veteran's Affairs Canada The Memory Project - Canada
Canadian First Division CEF Canadians at Vimy Vimy Memorial
Library and Archives of Canada - WWI Library and Archives Canada - Soldiers Library and Archives Canada - Photographs
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada - WWI Bibliothèque et Archives Canada - Soldats Bibliothèque et Archives Canada- Photographies
Canadian Forces, History & Heritage Sympatico.ca WWI Battles Corps & Regimental Histories
CEF Tunics CEF Formation Patches (Nicholson) CEF Kit Variations
CEF Buttons Canadian Military History Magazine Colony to Country WWI
Imagines of a Forgotten War The War Illustrated Canadian Military History Gateway

Tyneside Irish
The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Irish Soldiers in the British Army Tyneside Irish
Tyneside Irish Brigade Battles of the 34th Division (Tyneside) Great War Society Irish Company
WWI Photos Site - Tyneside Irish Regiments.org

Other Links
Massive WW1 Link Site (NL) WW1 Jump Links WW1 Maps
BattleLion: History and Strategy London Gazette (HELP for LG search) Naval and Military Press
Heritage of the Great War WWI Document Archive Battlefields of the Great War
The Western Front Association Other Useful Links Brower WW1 Site & Chronology
Geography of the Great War Technological War Videos On Line The Diggers (Battlefield Archaeology)
WWI - Trenches on the Web Significant WW1 Sites First World War.com
Weid's WW1 Link Haven BatteryPress.com WW1 WWI Military Maps

News Archive Links
Toronto Star (fee for service) CBC Archives - War & Conflict Alberta Newspapers (free)


As promised, I have used the cold Canadian winter to begin sorting these links into areas of relevance.  For now it seems that the main areas of interest are the BEF, the CEF and the Irish Brigades.  Those that do not seem to fit exactly into one of those categories are listed as "other".  The BEF (British Expeditionary Force) is important to this site, as George Van Wyck Laughton server in France in the British 3rd Army.  The CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) is key, as he started with the CEF and returned to the CEF after WWI, where he also served in WWII.  The Tyneside Irish Brigade was a unit of the BEF, where he served with the 26th Northumberland Fusiliers.

I have recently added links to newspaper (and other related news) archive sites as they provide an excellent source of historical information.  I have used the Toronto Star "Pages of the Past" on numerous occasions, which although are a "fee for service" site are well worth the few dollars.  Thanks to Chris Wright on the CEF Forum for the link to the Alberta newspapers, which are searchable for free.

If you know of other links that would be applicable to my research, please let me know.

I have noted that as my research has progressed that others have added links back to our research pages.  Most recently (September 2003) I see that the picture of George Van Wyck Laughton has been added to the page of the "Tyneside Irish, 26th N.F.":

   http://www.tyneside-scottish.co.uk/26bnpage.htm

We had previously discovered that the complete text of Nicholson's book on the Canadian Expeditionary Force was available (without schematics or colour maps) on the Department of National Defence Web site for "Out of Circulation" books.  In April 2003 the site was completely rebuilt and the book is now posted in a more favourable PDF format, in a much smaller size, but still 600+ pages:

     http://www.forces.gc.ca/hr/dhh/downloads/Official_Histories/CEF_e.PDF

As the DND site does not contain the Nicholson maps, we undertook to scan all of the main maps in this text.  These are posted on this web site at:

     http://laughton.ca/military/ww1/gvlaughton/nicholson/maps/

In conjunction with the Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group, a complete copy of the Nicholson text (including maps and sketches) is now available in digital format at the "Nicholson Matrix".

 

 

 

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