Thank you to the Tri City News for their excellent article about the McKnight Centennial Trench, thank you Dianne ! We are 85% complete with the trench work and pushing hard to get it done for the April 4th opening. Work continues every weekend.
Also thanks to those that have supported our volunteer project including Mill & Timber, Wavor Wire, Burnaby Bag & Burlap, Hon. Colonel James Happer and Tree Island Industries, Allard Contractors Ltd, 6 Engineer Squadron Cadet Corps, Royal Westminster Regiment Cadet Corps Maple Ridge and Aldergrove, Western Command Military Vehicle Historical Society, Yellow Dog Brewing, Brianne and the Port Moody Heritage Society.
Thank you from the trench building team of Marcus, Allan, Sonny, Cary, John, Jim, Sean and Guy.
Here are a few more pictures of the cadets helping to complete the trench.
A big Thank You to the officers and cadets of the Royal Westminster Regiment from Aldergrove.
Once again a lot of work was done including filling and carrying several hundred sandbags, building a field defense Knife Rest that compares very well to the one built by North Vancouver’s Engineers. Also a large shell crater was dug and a viewing area fence were made. Lots of digging through two separate layers of thick old pavement. Not an easy task.
Everyone involved in the McKnight Centennial Trench Project thanks you for your great help today, your comradeship and keen spirit.
Thank you !
Burnaby Bag and Burlap Ltd just donated 300 burlap sand bags. The bags will be put to good use and the donation is greatly appreciated.
1922 Royal Westminster Regiment, Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps is ready to help us. This is the 3rd cadet corps that has participated and we are always glad to have new volunteers and so far the army cadets have always proven themselves to be unmatched with their work ethic. We look forward to the arrival of 1922 corps from Aldergrove.
North Vancouver’s Military Engineers put in a full day’s hard work in the rain this past Saturday. 18 Army Cadets led by 3 officers including their Commanding Officer Captain Boysen and assisted by Hon. Col. Jim Happer CD.
Wire obstacles including a Knife Rest were constructed using donated single stand wire from Tree Island Industries in Richmond. Plus 500 sand bags filled and added to the front of the firing line trench. So much work completed, no matter how heavy it rained and it only stopped raining when we were finished.
The trench is 80% complete and we intend to add more features that help make the exhibit more interesting and realistic such as a Bridge Traverse and Elephant Shelter.
One unique aspect of the trench is that it was all dug by hand, the only modern part of our construction work has been us using power tools like saws and drills, otherwise everything was done the hard way, moving dirt, sand and lumber and constant digging.
We now truly appreciate how back breaking it was 100 years ago for the Sappers that built the trenches on the Western Front. One casualty so far is Allan who did put his back out while carrying a heavy railway tie. But he has not given up and keeps working.
Thank you for your interest, and thank you North Vancouver Engineers and Tree Island Industries, Guy Black
As you are looking at the images below. The amazing cadets are braving the rain and laying down the barbed wire for no-man’s land.