Month / May 2015

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  • Report of Operation: 26 – 28 May 1915

    Monday, May 31, 1915 Reserve trenches, Rue de l’Epinette The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day:  “Quiet except for occasional German shells.  Left at midnight for Rest billets at Oblinghem, north of…

  • 1,000 Casualties A Day to Hold Ypres

    Sunday, May 30, 1915 Reserve trenches, Rue de l’Epinette The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day:  “Quiet except for occasional German shells.”[1] THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: The regimental history mentions: “Following relief…

  • Private John Lee: First of three brothers killed in WW1

    Saturday, May 29, 1915 Reserve trenches, Rue de l’Epinette The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day:  “Quiet except for occasional German shells.”[1] THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: While the Battalion Diary indicated a quiet…

  • How To Get Mail To POW’s In 1915

    Friday, May 28, 1915 In trenches, Festubert The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day:  “Relieved at night by 13th Bn. R.H.C.  Retired to Reserve Trenches south of Rue du Bois and west of…

  • “Bumps In The Night” – RMR Company Commander Arrested As A Spy

    Thursday, May 27, 1915 In trenches, Festubert The Battalion War Diary has no entry for this day:  [1] THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: The Battalion history tells us that: “Dawn on May 27th revealed that…

  • Final Gasps: Battle of Festubert (1915)

    Wednesday, May 26, 1915 In billets, Le Hamel The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day: “Received orders and left at 7 p.m. for trenches at Festubert, south of The Orchard towards Givenchy (La…

  • RMR’s Still Dying From Wounds Suffered A Month Prior

    Tuesday, May 25, 1915 In billets, Le Hamel The Battalion War Diarist has no entry for this day. [1] THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: According to his attestation paper Clarence was born in Montreal,…

  • Origins of Hockey’s Memorial Cup

    Monday, May 24, 1915 In billets, Le Hamel The Battalion War Diarist wrote nothing for this day. [1] THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: “Poison proved effective to the east of Ypres early yesterday…

  • The Story of our Regimental March – Ça Ira

    Sunday, May 23, 1915 In billets, Le Hamel The Battalion War Diarist wrote nothing for this day. THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: May 23, 1915 – 222nd Anniversary of the Battle of Famars…

  • RMR MARCHES THROUGH WESTMOUNT IN ANNUAL CHURCH PARADE

    Story and photos by Buzz Bourdon (late the RMR 1975-82) Under a hot spring sun, the men and women of The Royal Montreal Regiment marched through the streets of Westmount on May…