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Monday Monuments and Memorials – 10th Battalion, Old City Hall, Calgary

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The 10th Battalion, created in 1914 as an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, was amongst the first Canadian contingents to sail for the UK in 1914. Recruits were largely from Calgary and other parts of Alberta.

A plaque at the entrance to Calgary’s old city hall is dedicated to the memory of Lt-Col Russell Lambert Boyle and the 10th Battalion. Boyle was a Calgary area rancher and the first commander of the battalion. He was killed in the second Battle of Ypres and is buried in Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Returning veterans of the Fighting 10th erected the plaque at Calgary City Hall “in memory of Lt Col R.L. Boyle, officers, NCOs & men of the Tenth Battn who fell at the Second Battle of Ypres, April 22nd 1915.” It was later redone to add WW2 remembrances. You can find it at the top of the stairs, to the right of the entrance on Macleod Trail SE at the corner of 7th Ave SE, across from Olympic Plaza.

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