The Cleghorn War and Memory Study Tour for Canadian Teachers

Delivered by the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University


The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society and the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick

The Gregg Centre and the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) have partnered since 2007 to deliver a unique opportunity for Canadian history and social studies teachers. Held annually in July, the tour brings high school teachers from across Canada to important historic sites including Ypres, Vimy Ridge and Amiens from the Great War and the Second World War battlefields of Dieppe and Normandy.

In 2012, with the support of John and Pattie Cleghorn, this tour evolved into the Cleghorn War and Memory Study Tour to France and Belgium.

Practicing teachers as well as BEd and MEd candidates are invited to apply for the study tour and bursary. Participants may register for academic credit at the Master’s or senior undergraduate level or obtain a non-credit certificate. Each will receive a bursary sufficient to cover all accommodation, travel and instruction costs while in Europe. Fees for course credit, travel to and from Europe, the cost of some meals and incidentals are the responsibility of the participant.

To Apply

To apply please download and complete this form. Submit the completed form along with two letters of reference and all relevant educational transcripts to the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies at the following address:

LCMSDS- Cleghorn Battlefield Study Tour
Wilfrid Laurier University
266 Marsland Dr.
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2J 3Z1

Application Deadline: 15 March 2012

Purpose and Goals

The 2012 Cleghorn War and Memory Study Tour introduces educators to the history of Canada in two world wars and the potential for using the subject as a vehicle to foster critical thinking skills and “historical consciousness” in today’s young people.

The tour visits the most important Canadian battlefields and memorials in Belgium and France. From the great Vimy pilgrimage of 1936 to the recent anniversary commemorations of Vimy, D-Day and VE Day, Canadians have been drawn to these sites of memory which form important chapters in our nation’s history. Participants will be exposed to the latest research and academic debate over Canada’s wartime experience.

Historica-Dominion Institute Roots

This study tour builds on the program begun in partnership with Historica (2005-2008) and later the Historica-Dominion Institute and Veterans’ Affairs Canada.  Many former participants have been inspired to organize study tours for their own students. Nearly all have reported that the program invigorated their teaching, exposing them to new ideas and methods that enhance relationships between school and community.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 ( July 8 ) – Group meets in Paris before travelling to the northern end of the Western Front and working our way south.

Day 2 (July 9) – Drive to Ypres and Introduction to the Great War

Day 3 (July 10) – Canada’s experience in the Ypres Salient in 1915-16

Day 4 (July 11)  – Passchendaele 1917, Drive to Arras

Day 5 (July 12) – Vimy Ridge and the Arras Sector, 1917

Day 6 (July 13) – The Somme 1916, Beaumont-Hamel; The Hundred Days Campaign 1918, drive to Dieppe.

Day 7 (July 14) – Introduction to Canada and the Second World War, The Dieppe Raid, drive to Bayeux.  Our home for the next week is Le Moulin Morin, west of Bayeux in Calvados, Normandy.

Day 8 (July 15) – Wrap-up Workshop on the First World War in the classroom, Introduction to the Normandy region.

Day 9 (July 16) – Canada on Juno Beach, 6 June 1944

Day 10 (July 17) – British and American beaches and the wider Overlord plan.

Day 11 (July 18) – Canada’s Defence of the Normandy Beachhead, June-July 1944

Day 12 (July 19) – Verrières Ridge, July- August 1944.

Day 13 (July 20) – The ‘Falaise Gap’ Climax to the Normandy Campaign, Wrap-up discussion on the Second World War in the classroom.

Day 14 (July 21) – Return to Paris for return flights to Canada.