Welcome! This website is the main project of an Honours History class at the University of New Brunswick, called “Understanding the Virtual Past: Making History Digital” (HIST 5554). The intent of this website is to provide access to a collection of images of the Carleton and York Regiment from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, in a way that best enables you, the visitor, to connect to and engage with the material. In addition, various themes are addressed through the use of different images and maps. My desire was to foster a spatial
connection between the young individuals who enlisted (mostly) from New Brunswick and the often remote battlefields in Italy on which they risked their lives, as well as a temporal link between the young soldiers of the 1940s and the veterans of today. Additionally, I wanted to personalize the Regiment, as too often historical discourse focuses entirely on the strategic and tactical aspects of warfare, ignoring the people who actually fight. Thanks to the benefits of modern technology, however, you are able and encouraged to browse through the website in any manner you wish. There is no start and no end. To navigate this website, click on the tabs at the top or bottom of any page to get more general information or to view the map. Click on the category links on the right side to browse through all images relating to that specific category, or click on the quick links to view a specific collection of images.
I owe many thanks to several people who were integral to the creation of this website. To Julia Thompson for all of her assistance at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, to Geoffrey Allen for his help with metadata, to Jen Whitney for her support with wordpress, and finally to Dr. Sasha Mullally for her overall guidance with this assignment. Thank you!