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.

  • Fr Leo

    We are very proud of you here at St Teresa's --keep it up ! Peace from all of us .
    16/06/2015 9:53:36 AM

  • marian clark

    Very informative video. Well done. Proud of you and your great grandfathers.
    15/06/2015 8:26:24 PM

  • Marie Cuza

    fantastic job Nicholas! What a great video. I really enjoyed watching it. Awesome reporting.
    15/06/2015 8:05:27 PM

  • Julia Pretty (Grant)

    Great Job on your project!!
    15/06/2015 2:24:23 PM

  • jocelyn Flight

    excellent work Nicholas very interesting
    15/06/2015 6:38:08 AM

  • rawoodland

    Wonderful job
    14/06/2015 11:00:39 AM

  • Peggy Miller

    Your grandfathers would be very proud
    14/06/2015 10:46:15 AM

  • Rachel

    excellent research and presentation! I'm sure your great grandfathers would be so proud of you!
    13/06/2015 5:04:34 PM

  • Doug Purcell

    Nicholas, Great video on a very interesting topic. i haven't met you (yet) but I think you should replace Rex Murphy on CBC news.
    13/06/2015 11:39:09 AM

  • Megan Harris-Edwards

    Awesome video Nicholas!! You did a really great job with this project. So interesting!
    13/06/2015 11:13:08 AM

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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.