Private Robert Happer

Private William Happer, 2nd Battalion, (East Ontario Regiment), Canadian Infantry. He was killed in action at Givenchy in France on 17th June 1915, aged 26 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was the eldest son of Mr George Happer of Greenlaw. The attacks, in support of the French offensives in Artois, went in against strong German positions with the ” benefit” of a very weak artillery bombardment and the results predictably were heavy casualties, over 2,000 in total of which 400 were Canadian.

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