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June 10, 2016
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History of the Name of the Herbert River

Because the surname "Hebert" looks so much like "Herbert", it is frequently misspelled, and when I first saw reference to the Herbert River in Hants County, Nova Scotia, what came to mind was the Bear River at Digby, Nova Scotia. It appears as "Hebert R" (probably for early explorer Louis Hebert) on Lescarbot's 1609 map. By 1720, "Hebert R" had become "Beare R".
June 2, 2016
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World War I Project – June

The West Hants Historical Society salutes our soldiers from Hants County that died in June 1916. June 1916 - Battle of Mount Sorrel : Canadian soldiers were defending Mount Sorrel, a 30-metre hill with a commanding position overlooking the city of Ypres in Belgium. On June 2 nd 1916, German troops attacked and overwhelmed the Canadians. They captured Mount Sorrel along with nearby peaks Hill 61 and Hill 62. The Canadians tried to retake the Hills on June 3 rd but the Germans repelled the attack.
April 4, 2016
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World War I Project – April

The West Hants Historical Society is saluting our local soldiers who died in World War 1. One hundred years ago this month, the following men were killed in action.