Richard Pyves – Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal: The Story of the Victoria Rifles of Canada, 60th Battalion, in the First World War

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July 30, 2018 – Our time machine travels back to the Western Front of the Great War, and enlists with the 60th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which captured the villages of Vimy and Petit Vimy, in the pivotal battle for Vimy Ridge.

Author Rick Pyves contacted 2,500 living relatives of the soldiers through Ancestry, uncovering 86 personal recollections and letters as well as over 200 photos for Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal – The Story of the Victoria Rifles of Canada, 60th Battalion in the First World War.  One of those relatives is our own resident genealogist, Catherine, who offers her research services through Her grandfather’s first cousin, Private Charles Henry Mainwaring, gave his life in the 60th Battalion at only 20 years old.

Rick Pyves is an avid historian and a genealogist who, like Catherine, also hails from Canada. His first book — Night Madness: A Rear Gunner’s Story of Love, Courage, and Hope in World War II — weaves his father’s tale into a touching love story in one man’s very personal war.

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