Colby-cur­tis is ready for sum­mer

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Stanstead

The An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the Stanstead His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will take place on Satur­day, June 14th, be­gin­ning at 10:00 a.m. at the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum, 535 Duf­fer­inStreet, Stanstead. Our in­vited speaker this year will be the well-known mil­i­tary his­to­rian, Dr. Des­mond Mor­ton,whose talk, en­ti­tled “So… What did Town­ship­pers do in the Great War, Daddy?” will com­ple­ment one of our two sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tions, both of which will open on the same day as the Gen­eral Meet­ing, June 14th.

The ex­hi­bi­tion “Re­mem­ber­ing our soldiers of the Great War,” will ex­plore the fate of the men from Stanstead whoen­listed and served on the Western Front, and the im­por­tance of rit­u­al­ized com­mem­o­ra­tion in the years that fol­lowed. It will be mounted in the up­stairs rooms of the mu­seum. Our sec­ond sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tions, also open­ing on June 14th and ap­pro­pri­ately mounted in the ‘Doc­tor’s Of­fice’, will be en­ti­tled “Ru­ral Medicine in Stanstead­County.” It pre­sents ru­ral medicine as seen through the prac­tices of three Stanstead doc­tors: Dr. Moses French Colby, who prac­ticed in the bor­der area from 1821 to 1855; his grand­son, Dr. John Child Colby (1908-1928);and the re­cently re­tired Dr. Gilles Bouchard (1963-2013)

Dr. Mor­ton’s lec­ture will tell the story of the 5th Cana­dian Mounted Ri­fles: the prin­ci­pal unit from the Town­ships that served in the First World War. This cav­alry unit was orig­i­nally raised to re­place Bri­tish troops de­fend­ing Egypt from the Turks but it was soon con­verted to an in­fantryu­nit for ser­vice on the Western Front. The com­mand­ing of­fi­cer was the Con­ser­va­tive M.P. for Brome, Ge­orge Baker. He and half the reg­i­ment were killed or se­verely wounded at the bat­tle of Mont Sor­rel, on June 2nd 1916. Baker was the only sit­ting Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment killed in the war. The reg­i­ment sur­vived through re­in­force­ments and re­mained part of the 3rd Cana­dian Di­vi­sion un­til theend of the war, suf­fer­ing heavy losses at Pass­chen­daele in 1917 and dur­ing the 100 Day Of­fen­sive that ended the waron Novem­ber 11th 1918.

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