ERNEST AND RICHARD ROGERS

Canada's History - - VIMY 100 - Sub­mit­ted by Wes Mur­ray, great-nephew of Ernest and Richard Rogers.

IT’S SOME­TIMES EASY to for­get that the Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge was not sim­ply a four-day at­tack. It was the cul­mi­na­tion of months of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion, and fight­ing con­tin­ued to rage in the re­gion af­ter the bat­tle.

Dur­ing this time, many Cana­di­ans gave their lives to keep Vimy from fall­ing back into Ger­man hands. Among the ca­su­al­ties were Ernest Arthur Rogers and Richard Charles Rogers, broth­ers from Wel­land, On­tario. Ernie died near Vimy Ridge on April 4, less than a week be­fore the bat­tle, while Richard died there on May 7, less than a month af­ter the at­tack. In a sad twist, it was Richard who, in waist-deep mud, helped to carry the stretcher that bore his dy­ing brother from the bat­tle­field.

The deaths of Ernie and Richard came as a cruel blow to their wid­owed mother, An­nie, and sis­ter Amelia back in Wel­land.

The names of the Rogers broth­ers are en­graved on the war memo­rial in Wel­land, On­tario.

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