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Hyatt, A.M.J.

Toronto. University of Toronto Press, 1987. 178pp, cloth. $24.95, ISBN 0-8020-2603-6. CIP

Grades 12 and up
Reviewed by J.D. Ingram

Volume 16 Number 6
1988 November

The funeral ceremony was the most elaborate ever held up to that time in Canada. From coast to coast Canadians followed the procession as it was described by the radio announcer of the Canadian Broadcasting Commission.

The funeral was for Sir Arthur Currie, commander of the Canadian Corps, held on December 5, 1933. For most but not all, Arthur Currie was a Canadian hero who had played a significant role in the Great War. This is the focus of Hyatt's book.

Currie initially undertook teacher training and practiced briefly in Sydney, B.C. and then Victoria. In 1897, he joined the militia. Shortly after Canada became involved in the war, Currie was offered a provisional brigade in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He arrived in England with the first contingent in October 1914. Before the end of 1915 Currie had been appointed a brigadier-general in command of the 1st Division. Currie deserves credit for his thorough battle preparations—not just to improve the chances of success but also to keep Canadian casualties to a minimum.

This book is concise and compact. It is not always easy to keep track of the "bulges." "salients," "gaps" and "breaches" and wealth of place names that dot the text. Nevertheless, Hyatt does concentrate his focus on Currie and the role he played. There are three maps, ten pictures and twenty-four pages of notes included. A more full account of Currie by D.G. Dancocks, Sir Arthur Currie (Methuen, 1985), appeared recently.

J.D. Ingram, Gordon Bell High School Winnipeg, Man.
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