Once Well Beloved: Remembering a British Columbia Great War Sacrifice

Michael Sasges


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“Our well beloved dead who died that we might live.”

In the town of Merritt, in British Columbia’s Nicola Valley, is a granite cenotaph erected in 1921 to remember 44 men from the valley who died soldiering in the First World War. Those men were from a Nicola Valley that had been suddenly and dramatically settled just a decade before, by the will of railway executives and the arrival of British colliers. Twelve of those soldiers are the subject of these pages—and through them, we meet the men, women and children of the Nicola Valley, the dead and their survivors: the makers of a Canadian community that was also a distinctly British Columbian community.

The Royal Museum Shop is operated by the Royal BC Museum Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of merchandise go directly towards supporting the many fine programs and special events at the Royal BC Museum.

October 2019, PB, 216 pages

ISBN 9780772672551


Michael Sasges is a retired journalist and the former director of the Nicola Valley Museum.

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Dimensions 6 × 8.25 in


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