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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Twitter Feed and Research Update

As you can see along the right side of this blog post, I have created a Twitter account with the handle @brucefmacdonald .  As we mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War's events, I plan to post tweets related to the stories of Guysborough County's First World War veterans.  The first tweets (August - December 1914) will focus on the war's early events and the County's first enlistments, while later tweets will honor the 131 veterans who lost their lives during or shortly after the war, from causes related to their service.  All tweets will carry the hashtag #guysboroveterans .

My research into the stories of Guysborough County's 131 war dead is steadily progressing.  I expect to complete profiles of the 71 veterans who died from 1915 to 1917 before year's end and hope to have a manuscript ready for publication sometime early in 2015.  I will provide further details on the blog later this year.

Something that may be of interest is CBC Radio's re-broadcast of the First World War Series, "The Bugle and The Passing Bell", first aired in 1964.  Each program combines the actual voices of veterans relating their stories, supplemented by actors reading from soldiers' diaries and letters.  The series provides a chronological overview of Canadian soldiers' war experiences.   The episodes air weekly on Thursday mornings at 9:30 am Atlantic Time.  All episodes are also available online at The Bugle and The Passing Bell immediately after broadcast.

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