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.

  • Michelle Locke

    Fantastic!
    13/06/2016 1:56:36 PM

  • Valerie Maidment

    Awesome work Sophia!
    13/06/2016 1:50:38 PM

  • Lisa

    Great job
    13/06/2016 1:34:21 PM

  • Michelle bennett

    Great job Sophia
    13/06/2016 12:54:01 PM

  • Sandra burke

    Great job
    13/06/2016 12:43:41 PM

  • Sonya

    Go Sophia!
    13/06/2016 11:23:52 AM

  • Michelle Funk

    Marvelous to see this level of interest in our stories! We have so much to be proud of! Great job, Sophia!
    13/06/2016 11:19:29 AM

  • Phyllis

    Good Luck Sophia
    13/06/2016 11:17:34 AM

  • Carmel smith

    Great work!!
    13/06/2016 11:16:42 AM

  • Terri stryde

    Awesome topic
    13/06/2016 11:16:05 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.