Battle of Mount Sorrel with Norm Christie

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

One thought on “Battle of Mount Sorrel with Norm Christie

  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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