|Conquerall Bank, South Shore, Nova Scotia|
|On a hill overlooking the LaHave River, a corner of Conquerall Bank that is forever |
Edson Daniel Berrigan
EDSON D. BERRIGAN
112TH BATTN C.E.F.
19TH FEB 1919.
|HE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT|
AND WON THE CROWN
THE INFANT DAUGHTER OF
J.A. & LAURA BERRIGAN
SEP’T 8th 1900
What is scripted here is a limited summary of Edson’s military experience. There is much more which could be extracted and written from the within the 84 pages of documents that I have uncovered about him ~ perhaps a project for the future. But for the moment I am satisfied that the little corner in Conquerall Bank that is forever Edson Daniel Berrigan, has now been given some visibility, recognition and importantly a voice.
You may question as to why Edson who died after the Armistice of 11th November 1918 qualified as a CWGC casualty and received their gravestone. The qualifying dates for CWGC recognition are from the 4 August 1914 when Britain declared war on Germany to 31 August 1921. The former date which is almost three years after war's end was chosen to capture those who would have died after as a result of injury sustained during the war, of which there was over 75000 ultimately recorded.
It was interesting to read within Edson’s military records that his pay was $5 per month, which he continually assigned to his mother at home in Nova Scotia. In recognition of her personal contribution to the Great War, on 25 August 1920 she received the Memorial Cross which was awarded to mothers or next of kin of Canadian soldiers who died on active duty, or whose death was consequently attributed to such duty.
I have no knowledge as to why Edson enlisted, he could have remained in his teaching job or contributed in other ways via the many employment opportunities within the expanding Nova Scotia war industry. Like many young men throughout the Commonwealth or more accurately for the time The British Empire, it is possible that he got caught up in the patriotism and idealistic enthusiasm leading him to believe in the rightness of the idea.
The Great War started with a glamorized view of war and rallying call which fueled the hopes and dreams of young men, including many who lied about their age, encouraging them to fight for personal glory and national honour. Once they realized the catastrophic horrors which awaited them, this ideal patriotism was however rightly viewed as being misguided. Wilfred Owen a soldier and WWI poet who was killed on the 4th November 1918, one week before the Armistice, wrote of this in the final stanza of his tragically descriptive poem Dulce et Decorum Est ~
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