RMR's attend memorial service for Earl Roberts in Salisbury Cathedral

RMR's attend memorial service for Earl Roberts in Salisbury Cathedral

Thursday, November 19, 1914

Camp Salisbury Plain, West Down South

The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day: “Fine and cold.  Detachment of 1 N.C.O. and 25 men under command of Lieut. English, and with Lt.-Col. Burland representing Battn. H.Q. attended memorial service for Earl Roberts in Salisbury Cathedral.”  [1]

Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral

THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY:  “London.  Nov. 19.  (Canadian Associated Cable)  –  Six hundred members of the Canadian contingent attended the memorial service at Salisbury Cathedral to-day in honour of the late Lord Roberts.  The divisional staff was largely represented, and the proceedings were most impressive.  Hon. G.H. Perley** attended the St. Paul’s service, where several Canadian officers on leave were also present.”

After lying in state in Westminster Hall, London, (one of two non-Royals to do so during the 20th century, the other being Sir Winston Churchill), Lord Roberts was given a state funeral and was buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral, in the presence of the King.


*   Lieutenant Alfred Soden English.

[1] War Diary, 14th Canadian Battalion, The Royal Montreal Regiment, Nov 19, 1914.  Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/e/e044/e001089676.jpg

[2] http://someinterestingfacts.net/history-of-salisbury-cathedral/  

[3] “Attended Services In Honour of Roberts,” The Montreal Daily Mail, Montreal, Quebec, Friday, November 20, 1914, pg,5  col. 2

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