Paul Ferguson at the graveside of Pte. Roy Palmer at Woods Cemetery, Belgium, in August 2018. Photograph By ROSEMARY FERGUSON

On Saturday November 10, BCHF member and historian Paul Ferguson (Victoria, BC) will deliver a talk about Belgian place-names in Canada at Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Belgium.

Ferguson’s lecture is being recorded and can be watched on Sunday, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Royal B.C. Museum’s Newcombe Conference Hall, part of Remembrance Day events at the museum.

Part of the story Ferguson will tell is about the 86 Belgian place-names he has tracked in British Columbia — names traced to First World War battlefields.

The Times Colonist newspaper article about Ferguson’s talk goes on to explain: “Near Cowichan Lake, for example, lies a former manganese mine at a spot called Hill 60. The name was first used to describe a site south of Ypres where soldiers fought in 1915. Ferguson said the mine was started by two former soldiers, one with the Canadian Engineers and the other with the 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company, both of whom fought at Hill 60.’