World War One

ARE YOU OUR NEXT JR. HISTORIAN?

The Albert County Museum is looking for a Senior High School or University Student who has a passion for history, to play a key roll at the Museum this summer as our Jr. Historian. This position is bilingual and the candidate must apply through Young Canada Works at: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works.html  

In addition, you can also send your resume to d.ross@albertcountymuseum.com 

About the position: This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic, self-motivated individual to be a vital part of the Albert County Museum and RB Bennett Commemorative Centre. To help manage its artifact collection, offer educational outreach and be part of a dedicated interpretive staff in telling the story of the People of the Tides and showcasing Albert County's native son, Hon. RB Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada.

The candidate will directly help the Manager with the day to day museum functions, and assist in the development of interpretive programming and exhibits. Strong organizational, supervisory, interpersonal and oral/written communication skills are mandatory, as well as strong social media skills, and speaking before small and large groups. Bilingualism is expected.

This will be an excellent opportunity for a potential candidate to build a strong skill set in all fields of museum and curatorial aspects for a career in museum/heritage and related fields. The Albert County Museum has a wide focus of history which encompasses exhibits from first nations, to the earliest Acadian Settlers in 1699, the Expulsion, through the height of the maritime shipbuilding, Confederation, to both World Wars, and later. The museum also celebrates Canada's 11th Prime Minister RB Bennett which lends itself to an excellent opportunity for a candidate with more political leanings. Visit www.albertcountymuseum.com 

Today is the 98th Anniversary of the Hopewell Vimy Gun Arriving in Hopewell Cape - May 28, 1920

Today is the 98th Anniversary of the Hopewell Vimy Gun Arriving in Hopewell Cape - May 28, 1920

98 years ago today, May 28, 1920  the Hopewell Cape Vimy Gun arrived at Cape Station and was towed to Hopewell Cape. You can learn about the exciting story, from it's capture at Vimy Ridge, April 9, 1917 to it's arrival in Hopewell Cape at the County of Heroes-Cyrus Peck, VC and the Victory Cannons Exhibit.  The exhibit opened at the Albert County Museum on May 19th.

County of Heroes Exhibit Opens Saturday, May 19th - See you there!

County of Heroes Exhibit Opens Saturday, May 19th - See you there!

On Saturday, May 19, County of Heroes-Cyrus Peck, VC and the Victory Cannon opens at the Albert County Museum in Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick. The exhibit highlights the life of Albert County born, Colonel Cyrus Peck, VC, DSO (1871-1956) who won the Victoria Cross on September 2, 1918 during the Second Battle of Arras. In addition, the exhibit tells the exciting story of the capture of the Vimy Gun, from its use on the battlefield to its final resting place in Hopewell Cape Square. Housed in a stylized First World War trench, complete with sandbags, and rusted corrugated steel, the exhibit creates a life-like setting for both parts of the exhibit.

Lest We Forget - Winston Churchill DeMille - Died in Hospital 100 Years Ago Today - 05.04.1918

Lest We Forget - Winston Churchill DeMille - Died in Hospital 100 Years Ago Today - 05.04.1918

Winston Churchill DeMille, 69937, was from  Anagance, Kings County, New Brunswick and was born April 24, 1898 at Anagance, New Brunswick. He was Son of Son of J. William De Mille and Mary De Mille, of Albert Co., New Brunswick.

Lest We Forget - William Bert Fowler - Died in Hospital - 101 Years Ago 02.21.1917

Lest We Forget -  William Bert Fowler - Died in Hospital - 101 Years Ago 02.21.1917

William Bert Fowler, 817475 was from Elgin, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born July 9, 1895. He was born in London, England. He enlisted with the 140th Battalion on November 1, 1915 in Sussex, NB. Read More...

On the 101st Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge - We are pleased to announce our New Exhibit - County of Heroes - Cy Peck, VC and the Victory Cannons

On the 101st  Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge - We are pleased to announce our New Exhibit - County of Heroes - Cy Peck, VC and the Victory Cannons

On the 101st  Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge - We are pleased to introduce our New Exhibit - County of Heroes - Cy Peck, VC and the Victory Cannons

A Window on the Great War - 100 Years to the Day - A Letter from the Front, March 14, 1918 France

This World War One letter was written by Hugh C. Wright of Shepody (Hopewell) Albert County on March 14, 1918 while he was in serving in the Canadian Garrison Artillery (CGA) in France. Hugh had enlisted in the 26th Battalion on November 17, 1914 when he was 19 years old. He sailed with the 26th Battalion from Saint John on June 13, 1915 aboard the steamship “Caledonia”. They arrived in England on June 24, 1915 where they underwent rigorous training in preparation for going to the battle front.

Hugh served in the 26th Bn, 5th Infantry Brigade in Belgium and France spending 17 months in the trenches. In February 1917, he transferred to the 4th Siege Battery, 2nd Brigade CGA and was a gunner for the remainder of the war. He was discharged on May 10, 1919...on his 24th birthday!

Hugh Wright was the youngest son of James and Jane Wright. Hugh's letters are addressed … “Dear Father” because his mother had died when he was only 7 years old.

Hugh's brother, Clarke Wright, of Hopewell (Shepody) enlisted on October 19, 1915 and went overseas with the C.E.F. Clarke also served in the 4th Siege Battery for the remainder of the war.

“I am very fortunate to have over 50 letters that my Great Uncle Hugh wrote to his family while serving in WWI”. Great Niece Dawne McLean

With many thanks to Hugh Wright's great niece, Dawne McLean who kindly submitted the letter.

"
France
March 14th 1918
 
Dear Father,
 
Well, I suppose you will think that I have forgotten you since I have not written for some time, but we have been working hard for this last couple of weeks and it has just slacked off.
Clarke and I had a parcel from Aunt Berta last night and believe me they came in fine.
I received your nice long letter a few days ago and we were awful glad to hear from you.
I saw a piece in the Telegraph that the gov't was going to take over the S & A railroad. It would be a good thing I should think if it did.
Well Father, Clarke and I will be going on leave together this time. I guess we will be going about the last of next month, but I am sorry to say that I have not much money coming to me as it has been such a short time since my last one, so I would like to have $75 if possible. I hate to ask you, but a fellow can't very well have a good time without money and everything costs so much now.
Will see Clarke and find out the best way to send the money,
will finish in the morning.
Well, will close with Love to all
Hugh
Get the Bank to cable the money to their agency in London, the same as Clarke's is being done. Don't delay it any longer than possible as we may get away in a month's time.
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Lest We Forget - Frederick Jacob Snelgrove - Died in Hospital 100 Years Ago Today - 01.20.1918

Lest We Forget - Frederick Jacob Snelgrove - Died in Hospital 100 Years Ago Today - 01.20.1918

Frederick Jacob Snelgrove, 69937, was from  Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born June 15, 1895 at Conception Bay, Newfoundland. He was Son of Peter and Jessie Susan Snelgrove, of Hillsborough, New Brunswick. Read More...

Lest We Forget - George LeBurene Beaumont - Died after returning to Canada 100 Years Ago - January 8, 1918

Lest We Forget - George LeBurene Beaumont - Died after returning to Canada 100 Years Ago - January 8, 1918

George LeBurne Baumont, 70094 was from Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born April 2, 1889. He enlisted with the 26th NB Battalion on February 27, 2915. His occupation was listed as a miner with the Hillsborough Manufacturing Company.

Lest We Forget - Guthrie Stuart Colpitts - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago 11.08.1917

Lest We Forget - Guthrie Stuart Colpitts - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago  11.08.1917

Guthrie Stuart Colpitts , 542459 was from  Pleasant Vale, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born December 15, 1894. He was Son of John Arthur McNutt Colpitts and Abigail Charlotte Colpitts. Read More...

Lest We Forget - Maxwell Steeves - Missing in Action 100 Years Ago - November 1917

Lest We Forget - Maxwell Steeves - Missing in Action 100 Years Ago -  November 1917

Maxwell Steeves, was from Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick. His photo and information was found at the Hillsborough Legion Branch 32 First World War Wall of Remembrance.. We have been unable to find any information on him. Read more...

Lest We Forget - George Frederic Steeves - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 11.26.1917

Lest We Forget - George Frederic Steeves - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 11.26.1917

George Frederic Steeves, 709682 was from Meadow (Elgin), Albert County, New Brunswick and was born August 15, 1895. He was the Son of Fred W. and Florence M. Steeves, of Meadow, Albert Co., New Brunswick. He enlisted with... Read more...