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Who were the 28th Battalion?

The 28th (North-west) Battalion was recruited in 1914 from the Manitoba / Saskatchewan area of Canada. My grandfather, Jack Ramsay, was one of them.

The battalion went overseas to Britain as part of the 'Second Contingent' in June of 1915. There it joined 6th Brigade, 2nd Division of the Canadian Corps. In September of that year, they crossed the channel and were promptly sent to the front lines. The Battalion suffered its first major casualties within the month when "D" company (my Grandfather's) was nearly wiped out from a mine explosion near Kemmel. This, and later battles, taught the men of the battalion its craft, and winnowed the ranks of the original recruits.

Pushing to the end, the last soldier killed on the Western Front was Private G. Price of the 28th, shot by a sniper while on patrol at 10:58AM Nov. 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice.


I am looking to buy a copy of The Story of the Twenty-eighth (North-west) Battalion, 1914-17 by G.E. Hewitt published in 1917 and The History of the 28th (Northwest) Battalion, CEF by D.G. Calder published in 1961.
Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Last updated January 14, 2001

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