e Second Battle of Ypres
is today remembered as marking the rst use of gas on the Western Front.
The Germans were first to unleash a deadly gas attack on Canadian and French forces at the second Battle of Ypres
Yet after their gallantry at the Second Battle of Ypres
they became admired as 'hardy colonials', though their instinctive rallying to the cause of the Mother Country gradually became intermingled with a distinct Canadian pride at the capture of Vimy and Passchendaele.
McRae's poem was inspired by the death of a fellow officer at the Second Battle of Ypres
(1915) and was published in the British magazine 'Punch' in December of the same year.
One of the most moving unearthed so far is an account by a Sgt Dorgan from Ashington, who served with the 7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, of fighting during the Second Battle of Ypres
in April, 1915.
They have typically focused on those engagements--the Second Battle of Ypres
, Passchendaele, the Hundred Days, and above all the capture of Vimy Ridge--in which Canada's citizen soldiers particularly distinguished themselves.
Pegahmagabow's first real taste of war came during the second battle of Ypres
, which played out in Belgium in April and May of 1915.
He wrote the poem at the second Battle of Ypres
, in the Belgian region of Flanders.
On 22 April 1915, Canadian soldiers were among the first to experience a gas attack in war during the Second battle of Ypres
Among them, as the fighting raged around the village of St Julien in the Second Battle of Ypres
, were brothers George and Howard Hunter from Gosforth in Newcastle, and miner George Grieves, who lived in the Lower Ouseburn valley in the city.
After the first major gas attack at the Second Battle of Ypres
, which was fought from April 21 to May 25, 1915, the "extraordinarily well disciplined and brave" 1st Canadian Division held its position east of Ypres despite a greenish gas that floated 1.
Next year is also the centenary of the Second Battle of Ypres
in April and May, which saw the first mass use by Germany of poison gas on the Western Front.
In the Second Battle of Ypres
, which began on April 22, the 4th battalion saw 13 officers and 400 other ranks killed or injured fighting in support of the Gurkhas.
e 3rd battalion was recruited largely from Blaenau Gwent and took 80% losses at the Second Battle of Ypres
in May 1915.
In Flanders Field was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on May 1, 1915, at the battlefront during the second battle of Ypres
, Belgium, just shortly after close friend Alexis Helmer was killed.