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  • 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…

  • Private Drake (RMR) first of Canadian soldiers to win DCM in CEF

    Saturday, May 22, 1915 Festubert (Indian Village) The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day: “Relieved by 4th Battn. about 9 p.m. and marched to billets in Le Hamel on Rue du…

  • SERGEANT HARDWICK BACK FROM THE DEAD IN 1915

    Friday, May 21, 1915 Festubert (Indian Village) The Battalion War Diarist wrote nothing for this day – the RMR War Diary contains no entry this date. THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: In what…

  • Summary of Operations: Battle of Festubert

    Thursday, May 20, 1915 Festubert (Indian Village) The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day: “Lts. Godwin, Richardson and Sumption arrived from England on May 20th.  Lt. Godwin took over command of…

  • Major J. N. Warminton KIA In 1915

    Wednesday, May 19, 1915 Festubert (Indian Village) The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day: “Major Warminton killed.” [1] THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: “From May 19th to May 22nd, the Royal Montreal Regiment…

  • 15-Year Old Serving With RMR In Trenches Is Recommended For DCM

    Tuesday, May 18, 1915 Essars The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day: “Received orders to move back to Le Touret and left Essars at 7 a.m. going to same trenches as…