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Joseph Francis Regan

In memory of:

Private Joseph Francis Regan

June 2, 1916

Belgium

Military Service


Service Number:

426083

Age:

29

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment)

Division:

5th Battalion

Citation(s):

Military Medal (London Gazette, No. 29719, dated 23-August-1916) "On 2nd June 1916, in the vicinity of The Dump he volunteered to go out on patrol with a staff Captain to a point suspected as being in the hands of the enemy, with a view to getting definite information. When 300 yards from our trenches they were attacked by ten of the enemy, but stood their ground, covering the retirement of the rest of the party. They dispersed the enemy killing two of them."

Honours and Awards:

Military Medal

Additional Information


Born:

January 4, 1887
Lowell, Massachusetts

Enlistment:

December 19, 1914
Regina, Saskatchewan

Son of Daniel Regan of Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America.

Commemorated on Page 153 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 18 - 26 - 28

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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  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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