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Harold Stratton Matthews

In memory of:

Lieutenant Harold Stratton Matthews

June 3, 1916

Military Service


Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Field Artillery

Division:

1st Bde.

Additional Information


Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Matthews, of Toronto. Graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, June, 1914.

Commemorated on Page 133 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 10

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Photo of Harold Stratton Matthews– 1914 Stone Frigate Yearbook, Royal Military College
  • Medals– The collection attributed to Lt. Matthews: The 1914-15 Star Trio mounted with the Memorial Scroll and Memorial Cross in original box of issue.
  • Memorial Cross– Reverse view of Memorial Cross.
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Menin Gate– 903 Lt. Harold Stratton Matthews (RMC 1911-1914) was the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Matthews of 138 Warren Rd Toronto. He graduated from Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston Ontario in June 1914. He served with the 1st Bde. Canadian Field Artillery. He was killed in action June 2 1916, aged 22, while remaining at his post as forward observing officer, where he continued to the last to direct his battery in an endeavor to protect the retiring infantry and to impede the progress of the advancing enemy. He is listed on the memorial arch at the Royal Military College of Canada. http://www.twgpp.org/information.php?id=933652
  • Plaque– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

903 Lieut Harold Stratton Matthews (RMC 1914) was the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Matthews, of Toronto. He graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, June, 1914. He served with the Canadian Field Artillery. He died on June 3, 1916. His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
  • Stained Glass Window– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

903 Lieut Harold Stratton Matthews (RMC 1914) was the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Matthews, of Toronto. He graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, June, 1914. He served with the Canadian Field Artillery. He died on June 3, 1916. His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
  • Memorial Doll– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

903 Lieut Harold Stratton Matthews (RMC 1914) was the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Matthews, of Toronto. He graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, June, 1914. He served with the Canadian Field Artillery. He died on June 3, 1916. His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
  • Article– 903 Lieut Harold Stratton Matthews (RMC 1914) was the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Matthews, of Toronto. He graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, June, 1914. He served with the Canadian Field Artillery. He died on June 3, 1916. His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
  • Menin Gate– 903 Lieut Harold Stratton Matthews (RMC 1914) was the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Matthews, of Toronto. He graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, June, 1914. He served with the Canadian Field Artillery. He died on June 3, 1916. His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
  • Cap Badge– 903 Lieut Harold Stratton Matthews (RMC 1914) was the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Matthews, of Toronto. He graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, June, 1914. He served with the Canadian Field Artillery. He died on June 3, 1916. His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
  • Memorial– Memorial Arch, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Memorial– Memorial stair, Royal Military College, Kingston
  • Photo of Harold Stratton Matthews– Photo: Lieut. Harold Stratton Matthews CFA, Killed at Sanctuary Wood June 2, 1916.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram April 1915. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram April 1915. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram May 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Menin Gate– Menin Gate - August 2012 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Panel 10 of the Menin Gate - August 2012 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Inscription– Inscription on the Menin Gate - August 2012 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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