LEST WE FORGET - On This Day 100 Years Ago James Harold Beck was Killed in Action - 04.09.1917

James Harold Beck was from Elgin, New Brunswick and was born August 13, 1896. He was the son of Mr. James Beck. He was a farmer at the time of his enlistment. He enlisted with the 104th Battalion on September 24, 1915. He was Killed in Action in France at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Vimy Memorial.

 You can find his complete service record by clicking here.

You can view his name on Canada's Book of Remembrance page 198 here.  

His page on the Canadian Virtual memorial here.

If anyone has any further information, photos or memories they would like to share please pass them along. 

A Great Piece by CTV News on our Vimy Ridge Cannon!

In case you missed the news last night, CTV News did a great piece on the large K14 Cannon which was captured at Vimy Ridge. The cannon has sat in the square in Hopewell Cape since March 4, 1920! Here is the VIdeo link http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1073720

The large 10.5 Cm K14 German Cannon was captured at Vimy Ridge, April 9, 1917, and was won by the Citizens of Albert County during the Victory Loans Campaign of 1919 for raising the greatest percentage of monies over their set goal. They raised $347,600.00 tripling their goal of $110,000.00. Pretty impressive for a county of only 8700 people!

Now that's a story worth saving!

The Victory Cannon Campaign is raising funds to restore the two captured World War One cannons situated in the square in Hopewell Cape. These cannons were captured by Canadians during the Great War, and were awarded to the people of Albert County. You can donate online to the Victory Cannon Campaign here, and best of all you'll be sent a tax receipt!  Click Here to Donate!

Did you hear our HUGE Steeves family announcement? If not read on!

On Opening Day we opened our fantastic "Steeves Family 250 years in Albert County Exhibit", (Have you been in to see it? It's not to be missed, especially with the guided tour which features stories built on stories built on stories) and we made our major announcement regarding that exhibit. It seems that we never actually posted here what our BIG announcement was... so drum roll... 

The Albert County Museum is pleased to announce as part of the Steeves 250 years in Albert County Exhibit, with the help and support of Libraries and Archives Canada, that all 138 men (and women!) with the family name Steeves who fought in the First World War service records will be digitized and made available in time for the Steeves Family Reunion”

These records are an amazing source of information for anyone doing research on their relatives, and are fascinating to read in their own right. They list all the men who enlisted and also the women who served as nurses. The files are huge, some over 75 pages, so they are a wealth of information on each of the people. Here is a sampling of the Attestation paper for a couple of the Steeves.  These are just a sampling of the information.  Come to the museum to see the rest!