M976.201.1 | Honorary epitaph, William Russell Notman, Canadian Infantry Battalion

 
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Honorary epitaph, William Russell Notman, Canadian Infantry Battalion
1916, 20th century
Ink on paper
28 x 18 cm
Gift of Mrs. Joan C. McDougall
M976.201.1
© McCord Museum
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This official document bears the Royal Arms of Britain in honour of the courage and sacrifice of William Russell Notman, killed in action during the First World War.

William Russell Notman (1890-1916) was a grandson of William Notman, founder of the William Notman photographic studio of Montreal. He was the eldest son of William McFarlane Notman (1857-1913), the second child of William Notman.

William Russell had two brothers, Wilfred McKenzie (1892-1916) and Keith Claxton (1893-1985). As a soldier in the First World War, William Russell was fatally wounded in the Battle of the Somme and died October 25, 1916. He was 26 years old and had never married. Barely four months earlier, William Russell's younger brother Wilfred had been killed in action during the Battle of Ypres.