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Arthur Douglas Crease Letters, Diaries and Scrapbooks

Letters from Arthur Douglas Crease of Victoria to his brother Lindley Crease and his mother Sarah Crease; instructions for the offensive of July 26, 1917; a regimental notebook, diaries and scrapbook. Learn more.

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[?]ards Brigade, presented yesterday morning to the Garde Republicaine, at its headquarters in the Caserne des Celestins, Boulevard Henri IV., a bronze wreath, to be placed at the foot of the memorial to the soldiers of the corps who have fallen in defence of their country. This wreath replaces one of flowers and verdure which is attached to the memorial by Captain Mackenzie Rogan on May 25 last, on the occasion of the visit of the massed bands from the Guards Brigade to Paris, when such an enthusiastic welcome was given to them by the French civil and military authorities and the public.

The ceremony of yesterday morning, which was as impressive as it was simple and brief, took place in the parade court of the barracks. Colonel Leroy Lewis, the British Military Attaché in Paris, met Captain Mackenzie Rogan there and both were received by Colonel Lanty, commanding the Guarde Republicaine, and Captain Balay, the conductor of the Guarde Republicaine band. The cavalry and infantry battalions were drawn up in double file facing a line formed by their officers and the comrades who have recieved special decorations for gallantry and devotion to duty.

The musical corps of the regiment was [?]ssed on the eastern side of the parade, and in the middle of one of the Garde Republicaine held up to view the very beautiful tribute of the British Guards Brigade. this is the inscription:-

"Gloire aux soldats tombes a l'enemi. Sinceres et respectueuses sympathies des musiciens de la Brigade des Gardes Britanniques. - Paris, 25 Annai, 1917.

PERISHABLE DEEDS. Captain Mackenzie Rogan, in his speech and presentation, which was in French. Said of the men whose names would be [?]ad on the memorial: "They died for a st cause, and their names, which are inscribed on the Roll of Honour, and the [?]perishable deeds which they performed will live for all time. The chivalrous and great French nation may be proud indeed of such heroes, and we musicians of the Brigade of British Guards feel a special pride and privilege in being permitted to offer this mark of sympathy and respect to those gallant comrades who by their great sacrifices upheld the glorious and honoured traditions of the noble French Army. May the friendship that exists between France and England go on for all time"

Colonel Lanty, in his reply, characterized the British Army as invincible, and, with its fine tenacity, and "enviable ap[?]nage" of a great nation.

"God Save the King" and the "Mar[?]illaise" were played by the Garde Republicaine band.

HUNS SHOOT A FAMILY. DAUGHTERS MURDERED AFTER SEEING PARENTS DIE. Amsterdam, Monday. The German authorities at Liege have prosecuted, tried, and sentenced to death [illegible]

at the time, a committee consisting of the most prominent members of the British colony, of which the British Consul General was the chairman and the Canadian General Commissioner of the vice chairman, was formed to deal with the matter. As the result of their action very fine premises have been secured at the Hotel Moderne, Place de la Republique which is eminently suitable for club purposes, and will accommodate several hundred soldiers.

It is proposed to provide in these premises the usual club facilities, such as billiards, card-room, refreshments, and entertainments. In addition a properly equipped Information Bureau will be at the disposal of soldiers on leave and which will furnish useful information concerning hotels and their prices, restaurants, theatres, and other places of amusement.

The Paris Union Jack Club will supply a real want and there can be no doubt it will be greatly appreciated by the men. It cannot, however, be run without money and the committee therefore urgently appeals to the public for funds, feeling confident that they have only to bring the club to their notice for their appeal to meet with a ready response from all those who have the interest and welfare of the British soldier at heart.

In addition to money the committee would be glad to receive the gift or loan of a piano, an English billiards table, gramophone and records, books, magazines and any other articles that would be of use.

Contributions may be addressed to the Hon. Treasurer of the Club. R. Toulmi[?] Esq., Lloyds Bank, Limited. 3, Place de l'Opera, Paris, or to Francis Howard, Esq at the British Embassy, 39, Faubour Saint-Honore, Paris.

THE SOLDIERS' FRIEND. By writing to the Soldier's Friend Department, "Daily Mail," London, you can find out all about pensions and allowances.

The London "Daily Mail" is fighting for a strict comb-out of the manhood of the nation.

Its exposure of the shell shortage and lack of machine-guns got those urgent necessities for you.

Its advocacy of steel helmets helped to provide you with these essentials.

For nearly ten years it urged the development of the aeroplane in view of war.

For twenty years it published thousands of warnings of Germany's preparations for war.

"The Daily Mail" is the soldiers' newspaper.


BC Archives, MS-2879, Box 82, File 2 CREASE FAMILY Diary of Arthur Douglas Crease, 1915-1919.

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