We Will Remember Them: Epitaphs of RMR Fallen Comrades

The graves of 80 RMR’s are laid out together in one row at Nine Elms cemetery, all killed on the assault on Vimy Ridge, 09 April 1917

Westmount, Quebec – 29 October 2021: Inspired by the book “Canada’s Dream Shall Be of Them – Canadian Epitaphs of the Great War,” by Eric McGeer and Steve Douglas, Captain (ret’d) Hamilton Slessor has extracted epitaphs of RMR soldiers killed in the First World War, and one will be posted each day during the annual Poppy Campaign that runs from today until 11 November 2021.

First up is an especially sad one as it is for two brothers who share the same headstone, both killed fighting at Vimy Ridge:

“IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED SONS WHO DIED FOR KING AND COUNTRY”

Private William James West, 14th Battalion, April 9th 1917 (age 19)

Private Arthur West, 14th Battalion, April 9th 1917 (age 27)

Photo credit: Veterans Affairs Canada

Lest We Forget.

The above epitaphs are extracted from the book “Canada’s Dream Shall Be of Them - Canadian Epitaphs of the Great War,” by Eric McGeer and Steve Douglas, Wilfred Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Ont., 2017.

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