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Old 11-11-2011, 05:32 AM   #1
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In Flanders Fields - Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Just had a moment of silence here in New Brunswick.
Thanks for your service to our country!
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I thought I would share this .

My great grandfather was a WW1 veteran , his name was Fred Dawson , I only remember him in my very earliest childhood memories . He fought in France in WW1 and was in many battles , he was wounded and lay in no mans land for 5 days and nights before being found by some troops of the Canadian Scottish Regiment .

As the years progress , we've lost the connection to the people that lived through the horrors of WW1 , and are losing those from WW2 .

According to my mom , Fred never talked much about the war , but my Great Aunt pressed him when she was writing some family history and this is a letter he sent her .

When Rememberence Day comes around each year , I read this letter , and I feel it helps me to not lose sight of why it is important to show my respect at this time of year , and throughout the rest of it .

Lest We Forget




“You seem to be worrying about our most famous regiment, the fighting seventh 1st. B.C. regiment, 2nd. brigade, 1st. Canadian division.

We worked in conjunction with the guards, Irish Fusiliers and Norwicks and Canadians. General Plumber was the army commander and General Alderson was our company commander. We worked with the Gurkas of India for a short time but they were too restless and also lousy and they were sent to another front.

No other regiment in the whole Canadian army came any where near the casualties the 7th. had, our colonel volunteered for anything he thought would bring him some honours. Our battalion had more honours than any other regiment. Casualties, officers and men killed: 1435, wounded and poison gas: 3294, prisoners of war: 134, total dead: 4863, death due to natural causes not included. Total honours and decorations bestowed to the battalion: 431 including 3 Victoria Crosses.

I hope the description is clear. I was in the Battle of Gevincy, Festerbert, Ypres and got finished along with my whole company in a sacrifice charge, 8 a.m., bright sun in our faces, June 3, 1916, the King’s birthday. I was in charge of two junior officers with a major they caught at the transport lines who was court marshaled.

Out of the 1 1/2 company of men, 7 of us lived. Your mother was notified I was killed in action, also the paper had the news but on the 5th. day they found me in no man’s land.

I hope this will satisfy your curiosity. Our regiment fought in many bloody battles from the Marne to Vimy. We have many battle honours and our flag is flying in Christ Church in Vancouver.

During my 14 months tour I had ten company officers, some killed and some wounded and one or two we booted out of the trenches and they were sent back to Canada.

Those days we had nothing: no planes, no artillery to speak of or machine guns. The Huns had been collecting it for years and how that British army held on nobody knows.

What a country, getting under ground, digging mine pits, what a life. We could never get up to strength. My company, 250 strong, was never up to 100 including cooks and batmen. We had about 90 counter charging.

Oh, what a horrible life.”


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