Monchy-le-Preux: The day they saved a French town
Elijah Skiffington never talked much about his war years after he returned from the First World War battlefields of France to the quiet of his hometown of Amherst Cove.
A mother’s words as her son heads off to war
The names of those from the Grand Falls-Windsor area who served in World War I, including the Monchy-Le-Preux battle are immortalized on the revamped cenotaph at the Memorial Grounds.
©Patrick Murphy photo
As Canada marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and Newfoundland and Labrador marks the anniversary of the Battle of Monchy-le-Preux, Memorial University released a video produced by a student who studied at the university’s Harlow Campus last fall.
The video was created by Nora Barker, a Grand Falls-Windsor native and a student in Prof. Jamie Skidmore’s course, English 3816: Television, using material from her class trip from Harlow Campus to First World War battlegrounds in France. Ms. Barker is doing a double major in English and anthropology.
Other students involved in making the video are Cassie McGrath, an English major from Placentia; Hannah DeBourke, a communications studies major from St. John’s; and Leslie Amminson, an English major also from St. John’s.
In the two-minute video, Ms. Barker recites a poem written by her great-great-grandmother, Anastasi Sparkes of Bell Island, about her son George as he headed off to the First World War. The poem is titled “My Boy in Camp.” Mr. Sparkes died at Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme.
Ms. Barker is also seen laying a wreath in memory of Mr. Sparkes, alongside student Sarah Parsons, who lays a wreath in memory of her relation, George Pike.
The class trip to France was supported by Memorial University’s WW100 Living Memorial Commemoration Fund, which was established to provide assistance with the planning and delivery of First World War commemoration activities.