- My Great-Uncle, Pte. Farquhar McLennan, killed in action, June 13, 1916
Join me, if you will , on a journey in time – a journey back 100 years!
I have designed this website as a media supplement to the novel “Flowers of the Forest”. The novel is a historical/fiction rendition of my Great Uncle, Pte. Farquhar McLennan’s time in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in the Great War. This site gives the reader of the novel, the opportunity to see photos of the vivid characters and amazing places that live in the pages of the novel. The reader will also have access to background information and research that went into writing the story. The Library and Archives in Ottawa provided a wealth of digital data that are displayed in this site. The project started out as my curiosity but soon became my passion. Read on as I update the site and find out why. Here is a chance to view some compelling photos and documents. Travel back in time 100 years and feel the vibe!
Battalion Colours of the 58th Battalion, CEF
Light blue rectangle – 9th Brigade
Dark blue triangle- 58th Battalion
Brown background – 3rd Division
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Cap Badge, 58th
A photo of Farquhar McLennan as a young boy
Not all of the information that I gathered came from the records in the Library and Archives in Ottawa. The above photo was sent to me by a Family member. Before Farquhar left Toronto to join the CEF he lived briefly with his sister, Catherine, in the East End of the city. He left some belongings behind – things, obviously, that he couldn’t take with him. This picture might have been one that he left with Catherine.
Below, is a photo of the East End house that he lived in. On his Attestation Papers, he stated that his residence was 175 Bolton Ave. A look at a map of Toronto shows a Boulton Ave. in the Gerrard and Broadview neighbourhood. Did Farquhar misspell the name? Apparently not. Old historic maps of the city show it as Bolton Ave. The house is very narrow, perhaps 15 feet wide.
175 Boulton Ave. Toronto
Farquhar stated on his Attestation that his occupation was a baker. This is a letter of reference from his employer back in Aberdeen, Scotland. Signed April 17, 1914, shortly before Farquhar immigrated to Canada. A glowing referral.
A drawing of the Dunlop factory in the Queen – Broadview area of Toronto.
Farquhar’s Dunlop Team Photo, 1914
I can only assume that Farquhar was employed at the Dunlop plant; even though he was a baker. A job is a job! He must have been a pretty good football player. How many of these men went to war? How many came home? Do you have ancestors in this picture?
Grief’s Geography – where the heroes lived. – click here for link
This link will show a map of Toronto and the location of the home (shown with a poppy) of every casualty of the Great War. Look to see if there were any heroes who lived on your street. Enter your postal code. There is a poppy on 175 Boulton Ave., where Farquhar McLennan lived. Thanks to Global News for this site.
In hockey-obsessed Canada, it was inevitable that someone would decide to honour hockey players killed in WW1. The Memorial Cup was first awarded in 1919. It will be presented for the 100th time in May 2018.
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