Friday, 15 May 2009

guessing game

What has this:

E. H. Shepherd's illustration from A. A. Milne's
1926 publication Winnie-the-Pooh

got to do with this:

Canadian soldiers on Vimy Ridge, 1917

Any ideas? Would you like to hazard any kind of guess?

Let me give you some clues:

I feel like Rolf Harris: d'you know what it is yet?

On transit through Eastern Canada for Europe, Lt Harry Colebourn bought a black bear cub from a hunter he met in Winnipeg, and it quickly became a kind of troop mascot. He named it Winnie, for the town. Canadian troops were sent first to England to complete training, but when the time came for deployment to France, Winnie had to be left behind and was hence given to London zoo. By the time one Christopher Robin Milne, born 1920, was old enough to go to the zoo with his father, Winnie was a fully grown bear and crowd favourite. Christopher Robin's own teddy bear provided the basis for Shepherd's drawings but it was Canadian mascot Winnie who gave his name to the character. (with thanks to the Osprey military history blog for this story).


Anonymous said...

Got it at picture 3. Do I get an award?

Anonymous said...

sorry, that's a bit anonymous; I assume my style is recognisable, but maybe it takes more than ten very small words.

- dV

Albert Herring said...

And under the name of Sanders there appears to be a dugout, I note.

Etienne said...

Kind of like Voytek the soldier bear then?

Spangly Princess said...

Etienne what a totally amazing story, that rocks

Martinus Scriblerus said...

This is amazing. I can't wait for your blog to be published. (Almost entirely seriously.)

antonio gramsci said...

Teach me to stop coming to this blog...the first time you have a quiz a simple Winnipegger like me can answer, I miss it.

A 1990s Canadian heritage advert on the subject here:

A photo of the commemorative statue chez nous:

Other WWI trivia about Winnipeg: VCs were awarded to three different men who grew up on the same street in the west end. The street was subsequently renamed Valour Road.