Norm spent six years with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in England (1990-1993) and in France (1993-1996), including three years as Chief Records Officer.

A metallurgical engineer by trade, Christie has combined his varied background and 20 years of research to produce a unique view into the First World War. Since 1996 he has written 17 books on the Canadian Military History experience in two World Wars.



The Battle of Mount Sorrel happened at the same time as the Battle of Sanctuary Wood. As a matter of fact, they were part of the same action undertaken by the 3rd Division, CEF, to regain lost territory in the Ypres Salient. It took place at 1:30 AM, June 13, 1916. Sanctuary Wood was on the left of Mount Sorrel and closer to Hooge. The 58th Battalion was active in Sanctuary wood, achieving its objective by about 2:30 AM.

Sanctuary Wood-1917

Sanctuary Wood, as it looked in 1917.


A destroyed dugout at Mount Sorrel, 1916

Google Earth Visual of Area

Google Earth View of the Battlefield


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I am a retired Math Professor and now a budding author. Who would have thought? I was born in Toronto and grew up in a family of 5 boys and 1 girl. I went to Winchester Street Public School up to grade 8 and then attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute, up to grade 13. After high school I attended the University of Toronto and graduated with 2 degrees (BA honours and BEd). Following was a career in teaching, including 34 years at Humber College in Toronto, teaching Mathematics and Statistics. I managed to coauthor one textbook, an introductory Stats book. I am married to the beautiful Beth and have a great loving son named Jonathan McLaren Law. Oh yes, I am a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan. I lived happily in Bolton in beautiful Caledon ON for 31 years, and I am now living in Burlington ON and loving it too. The book is available on, Chapters - Indigo and Barnes & Noble.

One Comment

  1. Excellent documentary on the Lost Battlefields. Particularly poignant for me, having recently visited many of the locations noted in the movie, with my grandfather having fought at Mt. Sorrel with the 58th b’tn and great uncle at Hill 70 with the 15th b’tn.

    Kudos to the Commonwealth Graves War Commission who do such a great job maintaining around 1,000 military cemeteries in Belgium and Northern France.



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