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Two pages consisting of a letter and a poem. Following is the transcription: Moncton, New Brunswick 26 March 1923 To Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie Dear Sir, Enclosed herewith are a few lines I have written in commemoration of the glorious deeds of the Canadian Corps in France and Flanders. If you consider these lines of sufficient merit, I would like to have them published in the press on April 9th, in memory of a day that should never be forgotten by Canadians. In these days of stress and industrial unrest, there appears to be a regrettable tendency to forget, and anything that will tend to keep green the memory of valour and sacrifice is worthwhile. Yours truly, Lieutenant A.S. Gunn MC We Shall Remember Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Hill Seventy, Passchendaele, Somme, Souchez, Amiens, Arras, Bourlon Wood, Hindenburg Line, Cambrai. Names in our history of sacrifice, Where thousands, counting not Their own lives dear in Freedom’s cause, Gave all, and Freedom bought. Names we will keep in memory Lest, busy we forget How liberty was purchased there, How dear a price was set. Lieutenant A.S. Gunn MC

Letter and poem from Angus Stirling Gunn to Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie, March 26, 1923. Gunn, a First World War veteran, hoped that Currie would help get his poem published in Canadian newspapers on the 4th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Currie papers, vol. 9, file 28. (Library and Archives Canada, MIKAN 4939490 and 4939491)

Letter and poem

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