15th Battalion Drum from 2nd battle of Ypres to be displayed at the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto.
Wednesday, July 21, 1915
Transcribed by: M. I. Pirie
DRUM BEARS STORY OF SEVERE FIGHT
Record of Highlanders Will Be Shown at Canadian National Exhibition.
Assistant City Architect Price yesterday received an interesting relic from his son, C. K. Price, who is "somewhere in France" with the Highlanders, in the shape of the head of the only drum left in the company after the famous fight at Ypres on April 22, 23 and 24. The record of the 48th from the time they were in camp at Long Branch until the skin was rendered useless at Ypres is written on the drumhead, and on the inside the fact is recorded that the instrument was shattered by shrapnel during the fierce shelling on April 23.
P. W. Rogers, of the Canadian National Exhibition, had heard of the drum while in England, and Col. Currie had promised to endeavor to obtain it for him to be used at the war trophy exhibit at the fair. By a coincident Col. Currie wrote Mr. Rogers Monday night that he had cabled headquarters in France for the relic, and a few hours later the tattered proof of the severity of the Ypres fight arrived by mail addressed to the Assistant City Architect, who at once turned it over to the Exhibition.