The Annual Dominick S. Graham Lecture
"New Brunswickers and the Advance to Victory, 1918" by J. Brent Wilson
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 7 p.m.
Wu Conference Centre
UNB Fredericton Campus
Fredericton, New Brunswick
The Gregg Centre, in partnership with Goose Lane Editions is pleased to launch the latest volume in our New Brunswick Military Heritage Project book series at the 18th Annual Dominick S. Graham Lecture. J. Brent Wilson, the author, and editor emeritus of the book series, will speak to the book.
The 26th Battalion fought at Ypres in the fall of 1915, and at the Battle of the Somme at Courcelette and Regina Trench in 1916. They carried on to Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, and Passchendaele in 1917. They were part of the battles at Amiens and the Hundred Days campaign of 1918. The 26th Battalion was one of only a few Canadian infantry units to serve continuously on the Western Front from 1915 until the Armistice in 1918. More than 5,700 soldiers passed through its ranks: 900 were killed and nearly 3,000 were wounded. Only 117 of the originally 1,150 recruits returned home after the war ended.
A Family of Brothers tells the powerful story of the “Fighting 26th,” from their mobilization to the aftermath of the war. Using letters, newspaper accounts, war diaries, and other official documents, Brent offers a compelling account of the soldiers of the war and how their lives would be transformed upon their return to Canada.
J. Brent Wilson teaches in the history department at the University of New Brunswick and is Editor Emeritus of the New Brunswick Military Heritage Series, for which A Family of Brothers is the latest volume. He is the editor of Hurricane Pilot: The Wartime Letters or W.O. Harry Gill, D.F.M., 1940-1943 and a co-author of Kandahar Tour: The Turning Point in Canada’s Afghan Mission.
About the lecture series
The Annual Graham Lecture in War and Society was inaugurated in 2000 in honour of Professor Dominick S. Graham. After serving with distinction in the British Army in the Second World War, Graham came to UNB in the 1960s during which time he completed his PhD and became an Assistant Professor with the History Department. His focus soon shifted to war and society issues. In 1971 Graham established the Military and Strategic Studies Program and in 1980 was one of the founding members of UNB’s Centre for Conflict Studies (both precursors to The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society).
Previous Graham Lectures
Feb. 2018 - "Path to War: A New Interpretation of America's Entry into the Great War" by Dr. Michael Neiberg
Nov. 2017 - "Vimy: Battle and Legend, 1917-2017" by Tim Cook
Feb. 2016 - "Don't Panic - But You Can Worry a Little" by Gwynne Dyer
Sept. 2014 - "Mind the Crap: Coping with the Bicentenary of the War of 1812" by John Grodzinski
Nov. 2013 - "When the War Came Home to Canada: The U-Boat Campaign in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 1942" by Roger Sarty
Nov. 2012 - "Is Canadian Multilateralism Dead?" by Noah Richler
Nov. 2011 - "Tropic of Chaos: The New Era of Climate Wars" by Christian Parenti
Nov. 2010 - "Was there any need for this costly experiment?: Canada's Navy at 100," by Marc Milner
Nov. 2009 - "How Did We Get Here From There? The Canadian Forces from the 1950s to Afghanistan" by Major-General Lewis MacKenzie
Nov. 2006 - "In Afghan Fields the Poppies Blow" by Desmond Morton
Nov. 2004 - "Canadians and the Liberation of the Netherlands" by Terry Copp