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The Lance Pennon

In late September, 1918  the Canadian Corps had fought its way past the Canal du Nord and was poised for the final breakout.

The First Hussars were assigned to hazardous mounted patrols clearing wire and keeping in touch with the retreating German lines. On September 30, 1918 the Adjutant, Captain W. de M. King, MC, was killed by a shell burst while on a forward reconnaissance on the Douai Road.

He was accompanied by a trooper carrying a lance to which was attached this pennon. It was shredded by the same shrapnel that killed Captain King.

The Pennon is on display in the Officers' Mess at Wolseley Barracks

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