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100 Years Ago: Canadian Casualties May Exceed 6,000, Memorial Services in Belleville Churches

The Intelligencer May 3, 1915 (page 1)

“Six Thousand Canadians Estimate of Ypres Battle. Casualty Lists Continue to Pour in at Rate of 150 a Day—More Than 225 Officers so Far Announced Dead, Wounded or Missing. Ottawa. Private cables tonight state that the Canadian casualties may exceed 6,000 and that the number killed in action may approximate 600. …  Every battalion at the front has its toll of dead and wounded, while all the detail units, including Engineers, Army Service Corps, and even the Ambulance Corps, have suffered heavily.”

The Intelligencer May 3, 1915 (page 3)

“Belleville Mourns Canadian Heroes. Memorial Services Held in the City—British and German Ideals Contrasted—Canadians’ Self-Sacrifice—’Martyrs in Our Time.’

The self-sacrifice and heroism shown by the Canadian volunteers who have recently died on the battlefield in Flanders, were recognized yesterday in all the places of worship in Belleville. In most of the churches a memorial service was held in the evening, the preachers laying emphasis upon the righteousness of the cause for which the Canadians had laid down their lives.”