M976.201.2 | Honorary epitaph, Wilfred Notman, Canadian Infantry Battalion

 
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Honorary epitaph, Wilfred Notman, Canadian Infantry Battalion
1916, 20th century
Ink on paper
28 x 18 cm
Gift of Mrs. Joan C. McDougall
M976.201.2
© McCord Museum
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This official document bears the Royal Arms of Britain in honour of the courage and sacrifice of Wilfred McKenzie Notman, killed in action during the First World War.

Wilfred McKenzie Notman (1892-1916) was a grandson of William Notman, founder of the William Notman photographic studio in Montreal. He was the middle son of William McFarlane Notman (1857-1913), the second child of William Notman.

Wilfred had two brothers, Keith Claxton (1893-1985) and William Russell (1890-1916). As a soldier in the First World War, Wilfred was fatally wounded in the Battle of Ypres and died June 5, 1916. He was 24 years old and had never married. Barely four months later, Wilfred's older brother William Russell would be killed in action during the Battle of the Somme.