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