I believe war is inherent to human nature, as is the desire for victory.

Canadians met the call to war because of their love of King and country. Percival Molson was an all-round athlete with a profound resolve to win. He had skated to the Stanley Cup and sprinted for Canada at the 1904 Olympics. He took his desire for victory to the field of battle. Horribly disfigured by a bullet through his cheek, he nonetheless returned to the front after facial surgery, only to be killed by a mortar in 1917.

Even in victory, the losses were overwhelming. Every battle required vast quantities of munitions and cost many lives.

– Viveka Melki

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Optical Crystal

“The silhouetted soldier stands as a symbol of resolve, courage and honour, in the tug of war of battle.”
– Mark Raynes Roberts

Olfactory memory

“At dawn, a scattering of the male odour of tobacco and alcohol and galvanizes the determined troops.”
– Alexandra Bachand

Percival Molson (1880-1917)

“Molson wrote his mother describing the wound:“I was very, very fortunate in my wound. A rifle bullet passing in about the middle of one cheek and out the middle of the other, fracturing the lower jaw on both sides, and splintering the bone a bit on the exit side, cutting my tongue somewhat, but not touching my teeth at all.”
– Alexander Reford

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