April 23 @ 6 p.m. - Woodland Cultural Centre

Woodland Cultural Centre and the GWCA Presents: 100 Years: Commemorating the Anniversary of the First Fallen Soldiers in Brant County – April 23 @ 6 p.m.

The 2nd Battle of Ypres is an important event in the Great War, not just for Canada, but for Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations. The 4th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force included many local soldiers and was one of the first groups of Canadian soldiers to see action on the Front and to be confronted with chemical warfare in the form of chlorine gas. 

Locally, the impact was significant: 17 men from the surrounding area were killed in this battle, while 53 were wounded in this infamous engagement. One such soldier who was killed in action on the 24th of April 1915, was Lieutenant Cameron Donald Brant of Six Nations territory, the great-great grandson of Joseph Thayendanegea Brant. In total, 6000 Canadians died at 2nd Ypres and it is remembered as a battle which helped to solidify Canada’s stellar and determined military reputation.

On Thursday, April 23rd 2015, at the Woodland Cultural Centre, is holding an event to honour those local men who fell in the 2nd Battle of Ypres. Brought to you in conjunction with the Great War Centenary Association of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations, join us to honour and remember the sacrifices of local soldiers 100 years after Canada saw its first soldiers die in battle. 

The evening includes a presentation on one specific soldier who was killed in action: Lieutenant Cameron D. Brant, by Darin Wybanga of the New Credit Public library. This presentation will enlighten us about Brant’s military service and sacrifice through the use of artifacts like medals and a rare book of poetry purchased by Brant during the war. 

We will also be reading the individual names of all local soldiers who died and were wounded at the battle as a way to honour and remember their individual sacrifices. 

Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and discuss the legacy of this battle with other guests.