Remembering ANGUS and KENNETH McLEOD, killed 27 June 1917

The RMR’s McLeod brothers buried beside each other in the Beehive Cemetery at Willerval. Photo credit: Frank Mahieu

Westmount, Quebec – 23 August 2017: The RMR Foundation was contacted by Franky Mahieu of Belgium for permission to use a photo of a group of RMR officers taken at Cassel in April 1915 that had been published on 12 April 2015 as part of the the RMR Foundation’s “This Day in RMR History” centennial project. Mr. Mahieu was using the photo on his Facebook page that is entirely dedicated to remembering the fallen, and in particular he has a section devoted to brothers who were killed in the Great War.

This is a particularly sad story among all of the sadness that war brings: imagine the heartache of their parents learning that both of their sons perished at the same time. The story, taken from Mr. Mahieu’s Facebook page:

ANGUS ALEXANDER McLEOD, aged 23, and his brother KENNETH ANGUS McLEOD, aged 18, died whilst serving with the 14th Battalion, the Canadian Infantry (Royal Montreal Regiment). This was part of the 3rd. Brigade of the 1st. Canadian Division. On that 27th of June 1917, so the war diary tells, 210 men and two officers of the 14th. Battalion were on a working party in the trenches, carrying materiel to the frontline. They then were shelled by the Germans, causing 12 wounded soldiers and the death of 3 soldiers (see page war diary in this post). The McLeod brothers were 2 of the 3 men who were killed. They are both buried in adjacent graves at Beehive Cemetery at Willerval (the Vimy region in France). They were the sons of Alexander and Barbara McLeod of Springhill, P.Q., Canada. LEST WE FORGET.

Thank you to Mr. Mahieu for his virtual remembrance.

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