Who were the 28th Battalion?

The 28th (North-west) Battalion was recruited in 1914 from the Manitoba / Saskatchewan area of Canada. My grandfather, Jack Ramsay, was one of them.

The battalion went overseas to Britain as part of the 'Second Contingent' in June of 1915. There it joined 6th Brigade, 2nd Division of the Canadian Corps. In September of that year, they crossed the channel and were promptly sent to the front lines. The Battalion suffered its first major casualties within the month when "D" company (my Grandfather's) was nearly wiped out from a mine explosion near Kemmel. This, and later battles, taught the men of the battalion its craft, and winnowed the ranks of the original recruits.

Pushing to the end, the last soldier killed on the Western Front was Private G. Price of the 28th, shot by a sniper while on patrol at 10:58AM Nov. 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice.

For a detailed account of the last hours of the war, go to The Last Hours, The Last Man.

28th Battalion Cap Badge


November 2005

Did your granddad fight in Passchendaele?

Did he give his life?

The Passchendaele Archives
A project of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

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2nd Division Lapel Button, Side 1
If you have a family member who died at Passchendaele 1917 and would like information or assistance, upon how to assemble and collate information for our project, please contact:

The Passchendaele Archives
Jan Van der Fraenen
Ieperstraat 5
B-8980 Zonnebeke

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I look forward to assisting people with researching persons who served with the 28th Battalion. Please contact the web Master if you have any questions, or wish to submit something to this site:

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2nd Division Lapel Button, Side 2
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