Virtual tour 18 - Canada 1917

As a British dominion, Canada also took part in the First World War. Together with the French, the Canadians had to deal with the first gas attack during the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915. In June 1916, they were involved at the Attack of Mount Sorrel near Zillebeke. Canadian troops eventually took Passchendaele in November 1917. After the conquest of Crest Farm, they were heading for about 600 metres to the church. On 10th November 1917, Canadians carried out the ultimate attack. This marked the end of the Battle of Passchendaele. With 16,000 casualties (dead, missing or wounded) the Canadians also paid a high price.

Object 1: photoPegahmagabow

Francis Pegahmagabow (1891-1952) is a notable person in the Canadian Army. He is one of the best snipers during the First World War and proves himself on the battlefield several times. Francis has indigenous roots and is the most decorated Canadian soldier of native descent. After the war he became chief and defended the rights of the indigenous peoples of Canada.


Object 2: holder pocket watch

This holder for a pocket watch commemorates the 1st Canadian Division during the German gas attack of 22 April 22 1915. (MMP1917, MZ 07316)