Wollen's painting, titled The Canadians at Ypres, is a dramatic reconstruction of the scene in the Second Battle of Ypres where the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry heroically fought off the massed German attack against Bellewaerde Ridge on 8 May 1914. An officer shouts to a private who is coming into their position from a communication trench. He is probably Captain Dennison in command of no.2 Company, a remnant of which acted as rearguard until most of the company withdrew to the support trench.The painting was commissioned by Sir William Henry Veno of the Veno Drug Company, Manchester (Veno’s Cough Mixture). The famous English painter, William Barnes Wollen exhibited it at the RA in 1916. It is 44 in x 64.25 in, now on show in the regimental museum, Calgary.

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