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Joseph Brewis

In memory of:

Private Joseph Brewis

June 12, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

164035

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)

Division:

14th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

October 1, 1893

Commemorated on Page 58 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 24 - 26 - 28 - 30

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.

Digital Collection

  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames: Brabant to Britton. Mircoform Sequence 13; Volume Number 131829_B016722; Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 157 Page 587 of 906
  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Paris War Memorial– Paris Ontario War Memorial. An unveiling and dedication ceremony was conducted at the memorial on November 11th, 1930. The memorial was unveiled by Mrs. R. Baldwin, mother of Nursing Sister Dorothy Baldwin. A dedicatory address was made by Lt.-Col. the Ven. Archdeacon F. G. Scott, D.S.O. (Canon Scott). Bands of the 10th Brant Dragoons and the 1st Dufferin Rifles assisted in the service. The memorial was designed and built by the Hunter Granite Works, Simcoe, Ontario. It is inscribed: 1914 - 1918 / TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF PARIS WHO FELL AND IN HONOUR OF THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR.
  • Roll of Honour– This Roll of Honour appeared in the pamphlet distributed at the Paris Ontario War Memorial's unveili

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