Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Omega, 11/11/18

A few months ago, I posted a photo of the gravesite of Private J. Parr, of the Middlesex regiment, British Expeditionary Force. Private Parr is believed to be the first casualty of the Great War, killed on August 21, l9l4 in the first skirmish with invading German forces. He was the Alpha of the Great War; now we see G.L. Price of Canada, whom experts believe was the last casualty, the Omega death. He was felled by a sniper's bullet at ten minutes to eleven on ll/ll/18. These two lie in the same cemetery, St. Symphorien, near Mons, in Belgium, and they are the sad bookend casualties of the "war to end all wars."


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