Claire D.

St. John's, New Brunswick

Avalon Regional Heritage Fair

Enlist ye Newfoundlanders! Captain Bertram Dicks

This project is about my great-great-grandfather, Captain C.B. Dicks, one of the first 500 who joined up from Newfoundland. He and many soldiers like him showed their bravery against all odds, to defend freedom.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned through my project was about C.B. Dicks himself. I knew that I had a great-great-grandfather, and I knew that he served in a war, but before I did the research for this project, that was all I knew.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned from C.B. Dicks to be devoted and loyal to your country and all its inhabitants. I also learned to be selfless, like when he was injured and refused the help during the battle of Beaumont Hamel. Finally, I learned to be brave, and to do whatever it takes to help others.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

We live in a world today where many people experience peace, harmony, security and enjoy rights and freedoms. During World War I, many parts of the world affected by the war experienced death and destruction, and many innocent people had no freedom. I also saw how transportation and technology have advanced so much from the early 1900s to today.