Celebrating the Yukon’s First World War Hero Joe Boyle: Queen Marie, Romania & Film
Keywords:Joe Boyle, Marie of Edinburgh, Romania, First World War, Dawson City, Yukon
The Northern Review 44 (2017): 101–117
Canadians are lackluster when it comes to celebrating our heroes. Even Pierre Berton didn’t tackle what just might be the Yukon’s biggest story ever—that of the incredible Klondike Joe Boyle, whose exploits in the First World War are worthy of a major motion picture. This paper discusses the life of this dynamic man, focusing in particular on his biographers’ explorations of the nature of his relationship with Marie of Edinburgh, Queen of Romania. The unexpected romance notwithtanding, Joe Boyle’s tremendous story is one of huge accomplishments by a Yukoner that deserves more widespread recognition. This article is part of a special collection of papers originally presented at a conference on “The North and the First World War,” held May 2016 in Whitehorse, Yukon.
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