Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Sophia Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Vista Regional Heritage Fair

Project: Walter Pitcher and the Monchy Ten

The Newfoundland Regiment's contribution at the battle of Arras. Highlighting Walter Pitcher, from Old Bonaventure.

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

Originally 11 men set out to protect the town of Monchy Le Preux. During a sprint to their vantage point 2 men were shot down by enemy fire. The 9 were later joined by another man who was previously knocked out by a bursting shell. In total there were actually 12 men who made an effort to protect against the enemies after everyone else was incapable.

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

The men who fought in the World Wars were not just soldiers, but everyday people. The Monchy Ten's contribution at the battle of Arras is a story that should not be forgotten. Newfoundland and Canada should be very proud of what The Royal Newfoundland Regiment accomplished there.

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

My life is much less difficult than the lives of the men and women from the the early 1900s. I'm currently going to school and involved in many activities. Where as in the early 1900s boys my age would be quitting school to work/join the regiment. And girls my age would start helping with the younger children, cooking, cleaning and making clothes.

  • Marjorie Alexander

    Wishing you good luck An awesome job
    06/07/2016 4:33:50 PM

  • Karen Deepka

    Congratulations on your nomination and super video!
    06/07/2016 12:29:30 PM

  • Richard

    Wow! Impressive!
    06/07/2016 12:27:38 PM

  • Kim (Lannon) Dort

    Wow! Absolutely amazing job, Sophia! Love your video reenactment - very well-done! Good Luck!!
    06/07/2016 8:02:10 AM

  • Melanie Scarcella

    Great job!
    05/07/2016 8:24:01 AM

  • Jeremy Lewis,Young Citizen

    Interesting,well done!
    03/07/2016 6:07:45 PM

  • Alexandria C Young Citizen

    A very interesting presentation. The re-enactments brought the story to life. Good luck.
    29/06/2016 8:31:48 PM

  • Judy Lewis

    Excellent account of the battle fought. Well done
    27/06/2016 6:03:01 PM

  • Taylor P. (Young Citizen) Sk

    Wow!! That was really cool! I really enjoyed your re-enactment, it gave me a better understanding! Thank you for sharing this information! I hope you do well!! Good luck!
    26/06/2016 10:06:22 PM

  • Lynn Torraville

    I had never heard this bit of history before. Thanks for educating me!
    23/06/2016 5:45:59 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.