At the Call of King and Country
78 pages, Soft Cover
Author: Bill Kennedy
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When Belleville teenager Leo Ross joined the army at the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 his fate was sealed. Eight months later he was killed in action at the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium. By wars end 4 years later he would number among 65,000 Canadians who would not return home. Using personal letters written from the trenches, military documents and photographs, At the Call of King and Country tells the stories of some of the Hasting County men and women who served their country on the western front where, in the words of one County soldier, “The air is full of shot and shell I don’t think a fly could come across without getting hit.” In this centennial year in what has come to be called the Great War it is especially important that we remember the sacrifices they made to secure freedoms we enjoy today.