Sir EDWARD KEMP (Minister of Militia and Defence):
Mr. Speaker, it may be of interest to the House to read a message from Sir Arthur Currie, General Officer Commanding the Canadian Corps in France, in reply to a message which I had sent to him on August 23. My message was:
Ottawa, August 23, 1917. Lt.-Gen. Sir Arthur Currie,
Headquarters Canadian Corps,
On behalf of all ranks -of our military forces in Canada, I desire 'to extend to you and to the officers and men under your command warmest congratulations upon the splendid manner in which Canadian troops have conducted themselves during the fighting around Lens, in defeating the pick of the German army against heavy odds, and steadfastly holding gains made in the face of desperate and repeated counter-attacks. Canada is prouder than ever of her gallant sons who have so bravely and determinedly maintained her honour. We mourn with you the loss of many brave comrades.
Sir Edward Kemp.
I received this morning the following answer from General Sir Arthur Currie:
Sir Edward Kemp,
Minister of Militia,
Ottawa, Canada. *
Your message of congratulation is sincerely appreciated by all ranks Canadian corps. Tell our comrades in the Canadian militia that in addition to winning and consolidating ground of great tactical value, we have inflicted casualties on the foe at least treble our own. -In repeated and determined counter-attacks the flower of the German army was thrown against us, hut our line remained unshaken as our own Rockies. Will not the pride which you say Canada has in her sons inspire her to send us men to take the place of those so nobly fallen. .
Lt.-Gen. Sir Arthur Currie, General Officer Commanding Canadian Corps in France.
Subtopic: CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE FROM SIR EDWARD KEMP AND REPLY OF GENERAL SIR ARTHUR CURRIE.