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Myer Tutzer Cohen

In memory of:

Lieutenant Myer Tutzer Cohen

November 3, 1917


Belgium

Military Service


Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)

Division:

42nd Bn.

Citation(s):

In a raid on the enemy trenches in October, 1917, he captured three of the enemy as prisoners, making a further raid and capturing three more. This was a period when the allied forces were most anxious to obtain prisoners for the purpose of getting information about them and the feat was accomplished without casualties. For this daring act he was awarded the Military Cross. British War Medal, Victory Medal

Honours and Awards:

Military Cross

Additional Information


Born:

December 21, 1894
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

November 21, 1915
Dundas, Ontario

Son of Moses M. Cohen of Toronto, Ontario. Lt. Cohen received his commission in April 1915, in the 77th Wentworth Regiment. In 1916, he sailed for England and two months later was ordered to France, attached to the 42nd Canadian Royal Highlanders, (Black Watch). On 3 November 1917, Lt. Cohen was ordered to storm a strong enemy position at Paschendaele. At the head of his men he reached his objective. No reinforcements were available and with his few men he held the position until all were killed. A special panel, commemorating the bravery of Lt. Cohen has been inserted in the memorial window erected in the church of St. Andrews and St. Paul, at Montreal, Quebec, in honour of the officers and men of the 42nd Royal Highlanders who fell during the war. The special panel represents King David, when as a a youth he fought in the ranks of the armies of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel.

Commemorated on Page 218 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:

XXXIV. A. 15.

Location:

POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY is located 10 Km north east of Ieper town centre on the Brugseweg (N313), a road connecting Ieper to Brugge. Two streets connect Ieper town centre onto the Brugseweg; Torhoutstraat leads from the market square onto the Kalfvaartstraat. At the end of Kalfvaartstraat is a large junction on which Brugseweg is the first right hand turning. The cemetery itself lies 10 Km along the Brugseweg on the right hand side of the road after passing through the village of Poelcapelle (now Poelkapelle).

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram November 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram November 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me. From the Annie Boyes collection courtesy of the Simcoe County Archives. http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/arc
  • Newspaper Clipping– Source:  The Globe, Toronto Friday April 19 1918
  • Newspaper Clipping– Rabbi Jacobs' sermon in honour of Lt. Myer Tutzer Cohen was conducted at Toronto's Holy Blossom Synagogue.  Extract:  "He has sacrificed the best that it was in his power to give in defence of those ideals of Righteousness, Justice and Liberty, which are the foundations of the Kingdom of God on earth, and which, according to the visions of the Hebrew Prophets, will promote universal peace and brotherhood amongst the children of men."  Source:  Toronto Star - November 19th, 1917.
  • Newspaper Clipping (2)
  • News Clipping
  • Memorial Book (cover)– Cover of Memorial Book.
  • Dedication (p. 1)
  • Photo of Myer T. Cohen (p.2)
  • Memorial Book (p.3&4)
  • Memorial book (p.5)
  • Memorial Book (p.6)
  • Photo of MYER TUTZER COHEN– Black Watch memorial window, St Peter and St Paul Presbyterian Church, Montreal.
  • Photo of MYER TUTZER COHEN– Black Watch memorial window, St Peter and St Paul Presbyterian Church, Montreal.
  • Gravemarker

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