The Canadians at Passchendaele - Friends of the 58th Battalion
Need a Friend to continue our remembrance of the CEF 58th Battalion - by the year 2020, we need to find a Friend who is keen to help remember the 58th Battalion by coordinating our annual meeting on October 26th and maintaining our list of Friends of the 58th. Since 1997, Benjamin has maintained this web site with the other founding Friends (Ian, Gord, and Kevin) and soon we will need to pass the torch to younger Friends. These remembrance tasks are very simple and only require 10 hours of work a year. If you are interested, please contact Benjamin.
The Four Founding Friends (Benjamin, Gord, Ian, and Kevin) have got together every year on October 26 since their pilgrimage
Back to the Front in 2002. As always, other Friends are welcome to join us.
On Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Noon, the Friends are having lunch in Newmarket, Ontario, an hour north of Toronto, at
Moxies Grill Bar, 17390 Yonge St, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7R6, (just south of the Upper Canada Mall), Telephone 905-953-0920.
The Friends of the 58th sometimes attend the Sunday Remembrance Service at the
Church of the Transfiguration,
111 Manor Road East, near Eglinton and Yonge, in Toronto, M4S 1R4. This unique service starts at 10:30 AM and includes the playing of the Last Post by Sam Cancellara. One of the Friends is sometimes invited to say a few words about the CEF 58th Battalion.
After the service, cookies, coffee, and tea are available at the Church and the Friends go for lunch at
The Longest Yard Restaurant,
535 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S 2M5. Telephone (416) 480-9273
In 1921, the Church of the Transfiguration was founded by Major Canon Charles Hedley, one of the chaplains of the CEF 58th during the Great War. The Church is still the home of the 58th Batallion flags.
The Reverend David Giffen is now the Lead Pastor and Incumbent of the Church, having served in the community since the Fall of 2010.
Email your name and email address to Benjamin Keevil at
email@example.com and we will add you to our
list of friends. There is no membership fee. We are a small network of people with a common interest in the Great War, who share their skills and knowledge. If you change your email, please let us know.
This site (http://www3.sympatico.ca/bkeevil/greatwar/) was updated on Nov 3, 2016.