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Arthur Douglas Crease Letters, Diaries and Scrapbooks

Letters from Arthur Douglas Crease of Victoria to his brother Lindley Crease and his mother Sarah Crease; instructions for the offensive of July 26, 1917; a regimental notebook, diaries and scrapbook. Learn more.

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...with the distress that attended its opening. They taxed themselves to relieve it and gave of their time and sympathy as well as of their money. When it looked as if the tax-payers would have to bear heavy burdens without any corresponding increase of income they willingly submitted to a decrease of salaries and they were the last to profit by the raise in the scale of wages. In the Red Cross work, women teachers and their pupils did their share. In estimating the value of the services of teachers account should be taken of the material with which they work. Kindness and gratitude as well as money are due to the faithful teacher. No salary can pay for the love bestowed upon children or the interest in their welfare. On the other hand the harm a bad teacher may do is irremediable. These are the things which make the work of teachers differ from that of all other laborers . It is not enough that they know their subjects thoroughly and teach them skillfully. Above and beyond, all this is the spiritual in-fluence, the personality which per-meates all the words and deeds and is felt in the tones of the voice and seen in the expression of the face, nay, which makes the atmosphere of the schoolroom. In every school in our city there are teachers who are doing their utmost to fulfil the sacred duty en-trusted to them. They are not perfect but require guidance and counsel but more, perhaps, they need the sympathy and appreciation of parents in whose stead they labor, and the encouragement of the com-munity whose future welfare their labors advance. Victoria has many claims to be the chief residential city of Canada. Of these none are more important than the excellence of her public schools and the efficiency and faithfulness of her school teachers. To increase these should be the aim of all good citizens

Canada's Final Effort in the Last One Hundred Days By a Special Correspondent in the London Times

Canada has borne her full share in the struggle for liberty, and her final effort during the last hundred days, which opened with the battle of Ameins on August 8, was worthy of her sons, who, led by Lieut-General Sir Arthur Currie, G.C.M.G., K.C.B., have proved second to none in the field of battle. In the early part of 1918, when it became evident that the German leaders intended to make a bid for victory, the Canadian Corps was hold-ing the line in the Lens area and thus protecting the northern coalfields, which France had defended with theflower of her regular Army in the bloody struggle of 1915. "Here." to quote Sir Douglas Haig. "little or no ground can be given up." With his characteristic thorough-ness General Currie left nothing to chance. The Canadian Corps worked night and day to make their positions impregnable. During the heavy fighting that took place from March to June last year the main body of the Corps held the trenches in the Lens sector, and at the same time maintained an aggres-ive attitude by means of bold raid-ing and frequent gas attacks. The 2nd Canadian Division, commanded by Major-General Sir Henry Burstall, K.C.B., C.M.G., was detached from the Corps under the Third Army Com-mander, Sir Julian Byng. When other forces had to give ground both north and south of the Bethune-Arras line, the Canadians held fast and at one time were de-fending 35,000 yards, aproximately one-fifth of the British line. During this period the Canadian Motor Machine Brigade, which was organized by Brigadier-General Bru-tinel, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., a French officer settled in Canada, did splendid work near Amiens. When the German pressure eased Sir Douglas Haig withdrew the Can-adians from the line, and from May 7 to July 15 the Corps was in the G.H.Q. Reserve. The time was spent in vig-orous training and reorganization. General Currie, who realized that the many calls on the infantry by the engineers for working parties was a source of weakness, strengthened his engineers and also strengthened the ... ...part in the operations the Corps was "trained to the minute." From July 15 to the capture of Mons on Novem-ber 11 they carried all before them. After it had been decided to make a big effort to relieve the presure on the Paris-Amiens line, General Currie was instructed to make an active prepar-ations for the attack, but, in order to deceive the enemy as to the move-ments of the Canadians, two battal-ions were sent to Ypres, while word was passed round that the relief of the salient was once more the objec-tice. The ruse proved most success-fuul, for when the Canadians, with the French on their right and the Aus-tralians on their left, attacked on August 8, the German Intelligence Department had located them on the Ypres front. The battle of Amiens proved most successful, the surprise of the enemy was complete and overwhelming. From August 8 to 22, the Canadians met 15 German divisions, captured 9,131 prisoners, 190 guns of all cal-ibres and more than 1,000 machine guns and trench mortars. They pene-trated 14 miles released an area of 67 square mile, and liberated 27 towns and villages, whilst the casual-ties were comparatively light. After the line had quieted down the Corps returned to the 1st Army area and prepared to make the advance, which, beginning in front of Arras on August 26, concluded at Mons on No-vember 11. The Corps attacked astride the Ar-ras-Cambrai road, their objective be-ing the Drocourt-Queant line, south of the river Scarpe. There were four main systems to be captured: 1. The old German front-line sys-tem east of Monchy-le-Preux. 2. Fresness-Rouvroy line. 3. Drocourt-Queant line. 4. Canal du Nord line. The country was covered with wire and machine guns. The fighting round Amiens had taught us one les-son, and that was that the tanks should follow and not precede the in-fantry. The attack went splendidly. On reaching the Canal du Nord, the Canadian Corps Commander attempt-ed and carried put successfully one of the most difficult operations in the war. The Corps crossed the canal on a 2,600 yards front and at once expand-...

BC Archives, MS-2879 Box 83 File 1 CREASE FAMLIY "Diary of the war", diary and scrapbook of Arthur Douglas Crease, 1919 -1919.

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