The Canadian War Memorials Fund Canadian commissioned war artist Richard Jack to paint this impression of Canadian troops at the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915.

The Canadian War Memorials Fund Canadian commissioned war artist Richard Jack to paint this impression of Canadian troops at the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915.

Battle was a pivotal event for Canada

Thanks to Warren Sommer and The Times for a fascinating look at the Second Battle of Ypres in April, 1915.

Editor: I would like to thank The Times and particularly Warren Sommer for the article (The Times, April 24) on the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915.

I would like to express my appreciation for your acknowledgement and description of the Canadian contribution in the Second Battle of Ypres.  I have noticed that your paper always takes care to inform its readers about various important events in Canadian military history, and shine a light on the contributions of soldiers that came from the Langley area.

I have long had a keen interest in the First World War and have recently devoted most of my reading to the exploits of the Canadian Corps. Every time I read or watch a story about what our Canadian soldiers did in battles such as the Second Battle of Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and the final 100 Days, I am struck by the sheer determination, courage and loyalty to their comrades that the Canadian soldiers had.

This is not unique to Canadian soldiers of course, but during a time in our country’s history when we were forming an identity separate from that of Great Britain, I really think those Canadian boys’ dependence upon each other in horrific circumstances provided a catalyst for Canada to move forward as a proud nation of Canadians, instead of simply a member of the Commonwealth.

Thank you for sharing an important Canadian story with us.

Kirsten Zemp,

Langley