Liévin, March 5, 1918

Tuesday    Turned sick at 5:30 this a.m. & vomited all morning stomache [sic] settled during the afternoon & felt good at supper time was in bed all day. We stood to & fired at 10 p.m. and again at 3:30 a.m, stood to again at 5:30 a.m. but did not fired [sic]. Am not feeling so bad now.cemetery crop

Major Kent’s funeral takes place this afternoon, in the Aix Noulette Cemetery where he is buried beside  the Battery’s two previous casualties, Bombardiers Winslow and McLennan. (1) Generals Thacker and Dodds attended, with many other officers and about three hundred other ranks. A firing party and seven trumpeters added to the solemnity of the funeral. (2) After the war, he will be reburied in the Aix Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, where his stone bears the additional inscription “He died that others might live.”

Aix Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension.JPG“The loss of Major Kent was a sore blow to the Battery. In training days he had been a strict officer, eager to see his battery become an efficient and disciplined unit, but in France the welfare of the men under him was his continual thought, combined with a desire to see his guns give service that no infantry could complain of. And so he died, a gallant soldier and a gentleman, as no doubt he would have wished, in the heat of action.” (1)

The photograph of the original grave comes from Major Kent’s page in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial; that of the new cemetery from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s site, which also provided the information about the inscription on his grave.

(1) MacArthur, D.C. The History of the Fifty-Fifth Battery, CFA. 1919. 29.
(2) War Diary of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 14: 4. March 5, 1918. Library and Archives of Canada.

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