The 1st/7th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry was involved in the Second Battle of Ypres
which was fought between April 22 and May 25, 1915.
William Pritchard and his son Reginald both died in the Second Battle of Ypres
on May 2, 1915.
First there were the Zeppelin raids, followed by the landings at Gallipoli and the Second Battle of Ypres
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.
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
Eldest brother Thomas, who was the only one who returned home from the conflict, rose to the rank of colonel and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry in the Second Battle of Ypres
The pair died in action, aged just 27 and 22 respectively, on May 24 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres
However this, the so-called Second Battle of Ypres
, cost 60,000 Allied lives.
This belief may have been a comfort to a man who faced constant danger, including being present at the Second Battle of Ypres
, where the German Army first used chlorine gas as a weapon.
This year is the centenary of the second Battle of Ypres
, also the Battle of Loos.
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.