Battle of mud and clay

Museum volunteers were busy again this past Saturday working on the trench adding one more section of A – Frame supports along with shoring boards. Standing in mud and digging through hard clay. John Goheen from Port Coquitlam worked hard with a pick and we all took turns digging.

We decided to wear our First World War uniforms and they helped create a more realistic experience for us and for anyone that came to see what what we were doing.

Our Patron, Colonel James R. Happer CD arrived with his son and he is now busy planning the barbed wire obstacles in no man’s land. Colonel Happer has been connected to 6th Field Engineer Sqn/39 Combat Engineer Regiment since 1973 and we are proud to have him associated with us at the museum.

Some local Scouts also visited and we were pleased to see them and hope they might join us for some work on the trench. McKnight whom the trench is named after was one of the very first Port Moody Scout Masters.

We would also like to thank Plateau Cleaners for their cash donation which will be used to buy materials to make the trench “duck” boards. Thanks Sonny and to your son, Sonny is actually at the museum right now trying to level the bottom of the trench and last time I saw him he was splattered with mud.

Donations needed, we are still looking for old worn out corrugated metal sheeting, cedar 2 x 4’s, 2 x 6 planks, 6 sheets of new 3/4 inch plywood and some rough logs 6 to 10 feet long and 4 to 10 inch diameter.

Please remember all visitors are welcome, please keep in mind it is an active work site so talk to us first and we will try to give you a tour, wear your rubber boots and be ready to get a little dirty.

Thank you for your interest. Guy Black

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