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They Were There...Over There
Travelling Exhibit
May 12 - November 30, 2018

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From the Saskatoon Museum of Military Artifacts


Two Saskatoon Great War airmen are featured in a new Saskatoon Museum of Military Artifacts (SMOMA) exhibit, "They were there...over there". Drawing on the rich and diverse collection of the SMOMA, "They were there...over there”tells the story of the Great War and the role played by two Saskatoon men in the conflict.
Lieutenant Stewart McKercher, a flying officer in the Royal Air Force, served in 11 Wing, No. 1 Squadron, from 1916 to 1918. He was shot down over Ypres, Belgium, in April 1917 and invalided home to Canada that fall. McKercher earned his law degree after the war and started one of the oldest Saskatoon law firms, McKercher LLP, in 1926.

Basil Boyce signed up in Saskatoon at the start of the war and served overseas in the Canadian infantry before training as an observer with the Royal Flying Corps. Commissioned as a lieutenant in March 1917, Boyce was shot down a year later by Lothar von Richthofen, the brother of the famous Red Baron, and spent the remainder of the conflict as a prisoner of war. Boyce also secured a law degree after the war and spent almost three decades as the sheriff of Saskatoon.basil

The official opening of "They were there...over there,” will take place Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 pm at the WDM Saskatoon. The opening will include a short program about the exhibit and its significance to the history of Saskatoon.

The Saskatoon Museum of Military Artifacts is located in the basement of the Nutana Legion. The SMOMA collection – without equal in the province – seeks to honour veterans and preserve Canada's military heritage. It also serves an important educational purpose.

"They were there...over there,”is the first major exhibit that the Saskatoon Museum of Military Artifacts has sponsored outside its legion headquarters. The exhibit, running from May to November 1918, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. The Saskatoon Museum of Military Artifacts is delighted to partner with the Western Development Museum on this commemorative endeavour.