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John McCrae - Canadian World War I poet

John McCrae - Canadian World War I poet and surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres. Member of Canadian Expeditionary Force. 30 November 1872 – 28 January 1918.

The second battle of Ypres was the first time people (German)used chlorine gas as a weapon. Germans had on gas masks(which they invented)when they used chlorine gas as a grenade. This weapon was illegal in war and if you were caught with it you would be killed. 6,000 people died of suffer-cation due to gas or from the ensuing attack. The interesting fact is that although the Germans were unfair the Canadians held their ground and never lost to Them.

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Lieutenant Guy Drummond of the 13th Battalion Royal Highlanders of Canada in the trenches. He was killed in the Second Battle of Ypres at the age of 27, soon after this photograph was taken. 1915.

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Photo taken in 1915, Ypres salient, 1st Canadian Division front. On the left is Capt. William H. Clark-Kennedy of the 13th Battalion. The officer on the right is Capt. Cecil M. Merritt, of the 16th Battalion, who was killed during the fighting at Kitchener's Wood during the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915. Clark-Kennedy would win the V.C. at the Battle of Arras in August 1918. #RememberThem

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WWI. ‘Sammy’, the mascot of the Northumberland Fusiliers, was gassed during the Second Battle of Ypres which began on 22 April 1915.

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The first time that poison gas was ever used was in 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres. During the morning of April 22, Germans poured a heavy bombardment around Ypres. The effects of the chlorine gas were severe. Within seconds of inhaling the vapour, it destroyed the victim's respiratory organs, bringing on choking attacks.

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Wet and muddied, English prisoners of war are assembled in a Belgian courtyard shortly after their arrival from the battlefields near Ypres, sometime around April 1915. The Second Battle of Ypres was fought in the Spring of 1915 and it was during this battle, the Germans used poisonous gas for the first time on the Western Front. Prior to this they had been gassing Russians on the Eastern Front with some success.

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During the Third Ypres offensive, in the Battle of Broodseinde, Passchendaele Area in Belgium on the 4th of October 1917. A German Regimental Commander, second from the left, with his Adjutant and Staff being held as prisoners of war in an enclosure at St Jean. This group were captured in a dugout at Poelcapelle.

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