Clarence Arthur McCann June 8, 1891 - June 2, 1947

Clarence Arthur McCann was born in Pembroke, Hants County, Nova Scotia to Arthur Frederick and Ella Jane (Carmichael) McCann. He grew up in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada.

He married Ada May Smith on July 27, 1912 in Falmouth, Nova Scotia and together they had 14 children.

In 1915, Clarence travelled to Fredericton, New Brunswick to enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He embarked for England not long after and remained overseas for almost four years. While there, he wrote many letters home. Over 100 of them survived and have been transcribed. The originals have been donated to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

I offer these transcriptions to those who have ancestors who served in the Great War so they might have a glimpse of what that life was like for these men.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

View of Ypres in 1919

I read about this film footage over at Anglo-Celtic Connections blog.

Apparently, it will be aired by the BBC on November 7, but is available at

If you ever wondered what Ypres looked like to your CEF ancestor, have a look at this video.  It certainly gives me a different perspective of the hell they must have seen.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this link. I caught a bit of this on the news a night or two ago. Will try and remember to set the sky box to record it when it is broadcast.