I believe that family is integral to the experience of war.
Like other soldiers, George Stephen Cantlie had two families – his family at home and his regimental family. Cantlie led his regimental family, the Black Watch of Montreal, overseas and into battle at Mount Sorrel and the Somme. A member of the militia from age fourteen, he embodied Montreal’s Scottish heritage and military tradition. To his wife and five children he sent home a stream of letters. For his youngest, “Wee Celia,” each surviving word and flower is a poignant reminder of his thoughts in time of war.
– Viveka Melki