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1915-03-30 First World War For his actions on this day, Lieutenant Gordon Flowerdew will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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1915-04-22 First World War Following intensive artillery bombardment at Ypres salient in Belgium, the Germans release 160 tons of chlorine gas. A thick gas cloud drifts over trenches and the 1st Canadian Division, to the left of the gap, holds the line in an attempt to halt German advances.

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1915-04-23 First World War For his actions on this day, Company Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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1915-04-24 First World War For his actions on this day, Lieutenant Edward Donald Bellew will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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1915-04-24 First World War The Germans target the Canadian line with another violent bombardment and gas attack. In the days around this battle, 6,035 Canadians—one man in every three—become casualties, of whom more than 2,000 die. Following the assault, Dr. Cluny MacPherson of the Newfoundland Regiment develops the Hypo Helmet, a forerunner of the gas mask.

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1915-04-25 First World War For his actions on this day, Captain Francis Scrimger will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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1915-04-26 First World War Canadian troops at Ypres Salient are relieved after four days of German artillery, infantry, and gas attacks. The battle has cost 208 officers and 5,828 men. Major John McCrae, an army doctor, is moved to write the poem "In Flanders Fields" during the 2nd Battle of Ypres.

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1915-05-18 First World War The First Canadian Division aid in an attack against the German lines at Festubert. The cost in lives is extremely high—2,468 casualties.

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1915-05-25 First World War The Battle of Festubert ends. After six days of fighting, the Canadians have lost 2,468 men trying to capture two kilometers of enemy trench.

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1915-06-03 First World War At Givenchy, a mine intended for German trenches causes Canadian casualties.

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