This story begins on April 9th, 1917, and the assault on Vimy Ridge near the city of Arras in France. One of the volunteers was Herb Elliott, a 19 year old from Whitby, who joined up with the Ontario Regiment. Herb was lucky because he survived the Great War and returned home. Many of his comrades were killed.
Fast forward to 2017 and the great grandson of Herb, a former resident of Blackstock, Matthew Elliott, is selected to be in the Honour guard for the event marking the Anniversary of that battle. Matthew is now a Master Gunner in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillary, based in Shilo Manitoba.
Dave Elliott, Marlene Barkey and Abbey and Katie Elliott all travelled to the Somme Valley in France. During the First World War the British Army called the Somme valley “Death valley”. The Barkey Elliotts visited many cemeteries that are meticulously cared for, and many of the the First World War battle sites.
On April 9th, 2017 the Barkey Elliotts were among 30,000 people that attended the event, marking the 100th anniversary of Vimy. They proudly watched Matthew; who was one of 64 soldiers from across Canada, to act as an honour guard to those Canadians who fought, were wounded and died in service of their country in this horrible war.
At church, Humour Day was celebrated by having the bulletin reversed.
The Church Choir's annual dinner is next Sunday with settings at 4:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with entertainment by Irwin Smith at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are required.
Winners at the card party were Linda Carder, Alma Mann, Ellen Gibson, Jacky Oldfield and Betty Kirvens, Elaine was low. The specials were won by Wilma VanCamp, Pat Allenberg, Linda Cardir, and Shirley Oldfield.