The Battle of the Scarpe lasted from August 26th to August 30th. Bad weather delayed the attack, but despite the rain and heavy resistance from the enemy, nearly ten kilometres of ground were gained in the first three days of the battle. Important strongholds along the German’s Fresnes-Rouvroy line were also seized by Canadian troops.
Between August 14th and 17th, Canadian troops fought their way into Parvillers and Damery (approximately 35 kilometres east of Amiens). Despite heavy shelling and counterattack, they were able to hold both villages and take prisoners. Vincent Noskey, a South Peace soldier, was killed in action at Parvillers. You can read his story on YouTube or our Soldiers’ Memorial.
The opening day of the Battle of Amiens (August 8, 1918) was labelled by General Ludendorff as “the black day of the German Army in the history of the war”. The Canadians pushed his troops back as much as twelve kilometres on the first day of the battle, and on the 11th of August, the battle ended in a decisive victory for the Allied troops. A total of 5,033 prisoners were taken at Amiens by the Canadian Corps.
Norman Johnston was a South Peace soldier who served at Amiens, and was awarded the Military Medal for his brave actions. His story has been shared on YouTube and on our Soldiers’ Memorial.
August 8, 1918 marked the beginning of the end of the First World War. During these crucial final battles, Canadian troops were chosen to be at the forefront of the attacks on the Germans’ main defensive lines.
More than 6,800 Canadians were killed and approximately 39,000 wounded between August 8 and November 11. To commemorate the triumph and sacrifice of our soldiers during the Hundred Days Offensive, the South Peace Regional Archives will be sharing short videos in the coming weeks, featuring the stories of local soldiers who were part of that final big push that led to the Armistice.
South Peace Regional Archives is hosting a cemetery tour next week and we’re inviting you to join in!
The tour takes place on Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00 PM. Join us at the Grande Prairie Cemetery (84 Avenue and 112 Street) to discover the rich history of Grande Prairie and area through the stories of its people.
Call the Archives at 780-830-5105 to register. (limit of 25 participants per tour)
South Peace Regional Archives is hosting two cemetery tours this summer and we’re inviting you to join in!
On Wednesday, July 11 and Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00 PM we will be hosting our annual cemetery walking tours. Join us at the Grande Prairie Cemetery (84 Avenue and 112 Street) to discover the rich and interesting history of Grande Prairie and area through the lives and stories of its people. The July tour will explore the history of notable persons from Grande Prairie. The August tour will explore the history of Indigenous peoples from the area.
Call the Archives at 780-830-5105 to register (limit of 25 participants per tour)
CLOSED JULY 2
Please note the Archives will be closed on July 2nd for the Canada Day weekend.
Join us on Sunday, July 1st at the Grande Prairie Museum for free tours and activities.
Photograph: Singing “O Canada” (SPRA 152.02.02.06) Women’s Institute constituency members singing “O Canada” in the basement of St. Paul’s United Church in Grande Prairie during the visit of H.R.H. Princess Alice in 1943. Included in the photo are Mrs. D. W. Patterson and Mrs. J. Smart of Grande Prairie and Mrs. L. Williams of Rio Grande
Please note that the Archives will be closed to the public on Friday 8 June.
Archives staff are busy today printing the June issue of Telling Our Stories! This issue celebrates National Indigenous History Month and will be mailed to Archives’ members next week. Stay tuned!
Please note that the South Peace Regional Archives will be closed on Friday 11 May for a meeting. Thank you for your understanding!