Lecture Tonight: Fort Point Frasers

I learned about this late last night from a fellow genealogists. The event takes place today…

Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Public Lecture

Topic: The “Fort Point Frasers” and the Great War

Facilitator: Bruce MacDonald

Date: Wednesday May 17, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm

Place: Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

This presentation provides an overview of the Great War service of three siblings from a prominent Pictou County family. Alistair, Margaret Marjorie “Pearl”, and James Gibson Laurier Fraser were the children of Duncan Cameron Fraser, Member of Parliament for Guysborough (1891–1904), Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice (1904–06) and Lieutenant‐Governor (1906–10) and Elizabeth “Bessie” Graham, New Glasgow. The family has a lengthy connection with Guysborough County, through Duncan Cameron Fraser’s service as its MP, as well as the family’s ownership of a tract of land at Fort Point, near the town of Guysborough. Alistair and Pearl crossed the North Atlantic to England with the First Canadian Contingent in October 1914, while their youngest sibling, Laurier, enlisted for service in 1916. Their stories encompass the entire course of the war, and highlight the service and sacrifice that was sadly typical of the experiences of many Nova Scotian and Canadian “Great War” families.

Lectures are open to the public and are completely free. Lectures are followed by refreshments.

To learn more about Bruce MacDonald and the research he has done with the Guysborough County veterans, visit his website First World War Veterans of Guysborough County.

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