Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
I would like to communicate to the House the substance of a letter which I received this morning from Colonel Farquhar, of whose death in action we heard last evening. It is with deep and unfeigned sorrow that we have heard the news of his untimely death. He was one of the finest characters I ever knew; and of all the able men who have filled the position of Military Secretary to the Governors General of Canada, I do not know of any one who performed the duties of that responsible position more efficiently, or who more thoroughly endeared himself to the Canadian people, than did Colonel Farquhar. I know that all the hon. members of the House will join with me in an expression of our deep sorrow for the loss which the Empire has sustained in his death, and in a message of sympathy to those whom he has left behind. A few days ago I had a letter from him in the trenches, in which he spoke with very great pride of the bearing of his regiment in the field, and of the fine work which they had done. At that time he said to me that the work had already received the strong commendation of the General Commanding the Division. This morning I received a further letter from him, and, if the House will permit me, I will read a few short extracts from 81 i
this letter and the telegrams which accompany it. The letter is dated March 4:
You may like to have a copy of these telegrams. The episode which called them forth was the rushing of a German trench and its subsequent destruction. The enemy had been very active in front of us, and a night reconnaissance made it clear to me that we had an opening. For various reasons, it was inadvisable to occupy the trench, so J got leave to rush it and pull down the parapet. Crabbe and Papineau led the party, the latter being our bomb thrower. They both showed very great
dash and ran the Teutons off their legs
Nothing could have been more spirited than the way the men went in.
The messages wrhich Colonel Farquhar enclosed were as follows:
From the Irish Fusiliers: "Well done
From the Second Army through the Brigade Major of the Fifth Corps: The following message from the Fifth Corps: The corps commander has great pleasure in transmitting to you following message from Second Army: "The army commander wishes you to express to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry his appreciation of the grand piece of work performed by them this morning.''
From General Plumer: " Please give my
heartiest congratulations to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on their gallant and useful exploit."
From the officer commanding the 3rd King's Royal Rifles: "Best congratulations on splendid achievement last night. Please tell us how you do it."
From 1st Canadian Division: " Heartiest
congratulations on success last night."
From Sir John French, Commander in Chief: " To Colonel Farquhar, commanding Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry: I heartily congratulate you and your gallant men on your successful operation this morning. Please express to Lieutenant Crabbe and the party he led my great appreciation of their services."
From General Snow: " Well done P.P.C.
Congratulations on your splendid work."
From the Twenty-eighth Division through the Brigade Major: "Twenty-eighth Division wire hearty congratulations."