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The Battle for Vimy Ridge, April 9, 1917


Samuel Orr, Jr. c 1916
231st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

Attestation Paper for Samuel Orr dated Feb 4, 1916, indicates that he had already served one year in the Seaforth Highlanders
Attestation Paper for Samuel Orr dated Feb 4, 1916, indicates that he had already served one year in the Seaforth Highlanders

Samuel Orr, Jr, of Vancouver, Canada, served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F.) 72nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. He also served with the 231st Battalion.

The 72nd Battalion, which was authorized on 10 July 1915 as the '72nd "Overseas" Battalion, CEF', embarked for Britain on 23 April 1916. It disembarked in France on 13 August 1916, where it fought as part of the 12th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 30 August 1920.

The 231st Battalion, which was authorized on 15 July 1916 as the '231st "Overseas" Battalion, CEF', embarked for Britain on 11 April 1917. On 22 April 1917, its personnel were absorbed by the '24th Reserve Battalion, CEF' to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. The battalion was disbanded on 11 April 1918.

- from The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, National Defence and the Canadian Forces

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada - ""Ypres, 1915, '17, Festubert, 1915, Somme, 1916, Ancre Heights, Ancre, 1916, Arras, 1917, '18, Vimy, 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Scarpe, 1918, Drocourt-Queant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Valenciennes, Sambre, FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18" (G.O. No. 5 of 1930)

The Battle for Vimy Ridge, April 9, 1917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Flanders Fields

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.

- John McCrae

In memory of William Waugh (1892-1916),
son of David Alexander Waugh & Jane Stewart Anthony

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