Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Nicholas St.John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Avalon Regional Fair

Project: My Two Great-Grandfathers-100 Years Ago- In Their Footsteps

My project explores the lives of my two great-grandfathers. In particular, I tell about their role in the Newfoundland Naval Reserve 100 years ago during the Great World War. I retrace their footsteps where they started the journey by visiting their two hometowns, Branch and Lawn.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

One of the most interesting stories I learned was about my great-grandfather's service on a Q-ship. These were ships that were armed for battle but disguised as ships that could not fight. Only a small number of Newfoundlanders served on these ships. My nan didn't even know her dad served on a Q-ship before this project. I thought that was pretty cool.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

One important lesson I learned doing this project was how looking back in time to events that happened so long ago is still really interesting and meaningful today. The pride my great-grandfathers had about their service in the war is something that I can continue to show today. They had a huge desire to serve their country and to serve others, at war and at home.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life today is very different than my great-grandfathers' lives 100 years ago. They grew up in very poor times, without electricity or technology, and in small towns. I am growing up in a city with a lot of opportunity and conveniences. I feel my great-grandfathers helped to make this all possible.

  • Cathy(Power) Brake

    What a wonderful job Nicholas. I'm sure the family is very proud .
    30/07/2015 1:16:12 PM

  • Katie K ( 2015 Young Citizen)

    Great job Nicholas. Your Great- Grandfathers were very brave and would be proud of you for sharing their stories. Good luck!
    02/07/2015 11:34:58 AM

  • Barbara Ianni

    What a fine project. This young man has done an excellent job of revealing the past and showing its relation to the present. Congratulations Jeremy!
    26/06/2015 12:47:37 PM

  • Shannon Goldsworthy

    Good Luck, Nickolas! Great job.
    23/06/2015 5:02:42 PM

  • Geraldine Holtom

    That was a fantastic job. I really enjoyed the history story.
    21/06/2015 8:45:00 PM

  • Haley "2015 Young Citizen"

    Well done Nicholas! Very informing and well presented. You do have a lot to be proud of.
    21/06/2015 7:41:49 PM

  • Loretta Edwards

    Congratulations Nicholas! We are all so proud of you. Love, xxx00 Nanny E.
    21/06/2015 1:06:37 AM

  • Robert C. Parsons

    Nicholas: I know something about the RNRs, the Reservist men who fought protecting Britain during WWI. You are to be commended in researching a relatively obscure topic of our past and of two grandfathers, at that. A+ to you and your project.
    20/06/2015 3:56:25 PM

  • Roz Budden

    Great job. I hope you learn more of your ancestors.
    19/06/2015 4:04:23 PM

  • wade wheeler

    Well done Nicholas! It is great to research our history and family heritage. Keep up the good work!
    16/06/2015 6:06:59 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.