The Journal of F. R. Hasse

The Journal of F. R. Hasse

Frank Reginald Hasse was the son of the Reverend Lewis St. Aubin Hassé, a Moravian minister who was born in Ireland, and his wife Sarah Louisa Ridgley. Their sons, Frank Reginald (born September 15, 1891) and Edwin Ridgley (born ca. 1894), were born in Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire, England, and homesteaded in Alberta near Lake Wabamum.

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Edmonton’s 49th Battalion at Vimy Ridge

Edmonton’s 49th Battalion at Vimy Ridge

Lieut.-Colonel G. R. Stevens, OBE wrote an exciting account of the very special role of Edmonton’s 49th Battalion at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in his book A City Goes to War: History of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment (3 PPCLI). Stevens was born in Nova Scotia and graduated from the University of Alberta in 1915. He served for three years with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and was wounded twice.

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The Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade

The Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade

French-born Raymond Brutinel immigrated to Edmonton in 1904 and made his fortune in Alberta through land and railway development. He had completed military service in France and had met Auguste de Verchère de Reffye, the inventor of an early model of the machine gun. With the declaration of war on August 4, 1914, Brutinel immediately thought of the potential use of machine guns.

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