Letter from Canadian soldier from New Brunswick who was killed at on the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, on April 9th 1917. His body never recovered. He was 25 years old.
Postmarked 'Army Post Office 1 NO -16', postmarked 'Montreal Nov 13 1916'. Destination Durham Bridge, York Co., New Brunswick.
Letter with YMCA letterhead, ‘On active Service WITH THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE'.
Some extracts from hi Service Record:
His complete Service Records can be found at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca
Attacking together for the first time, the four Canadian divisions stormed the ridge at 5:30 am on 9 April 1917. More than 15,000 Canadian infantry overran the Germans all along the front. Incredible bravery and discipline allowed the infantry to continue moving forward under heavy fire, even when their officers were killed. There were countless acts of sacrifice, as Canadians single-handedly charged machine-gun nests or forced the surrender of Germans in protective dugouts. Hill 145, the highest and most important feature of the Ridge, and where the Vimy monument now stands, was captured in a frontal bayonet charge against machine-gun positions. Three more days of costly battle delivered final victory. The Canadian operation was an important success, even if the larger British and French offensive, of which it had been a part, had failed. But it was victory at a heavy cost: 3,598 Canadians were killed and another 7,000 wounded.
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