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Major Jack Sweet was born in Dalhousie, NB, in 1878, and attended high school in Miramichi, NB. He graduated from UNB in 1899 with a bachelor of arts degree. While at UNB, he was editor of The University Monthly (which later became known as The Brunswickan ). In 1915, Sweet volunteered his services to the Canadian Corps and obtained a commission as lieutenant in the 72nd (Seaforth Highlanders) Battalion at the northern end of Vimy Ridge, facing the community of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France. He was later promoted to a captaincy and then to the position of Major. Shortly after the main assault opened on Vimy Ridge on April 9, Sweet was wounded in the arm. He refused to go for treatment and continued the assault towards Givenchy-en-Gohelle. He and his company won control of the first German trench where Sweet was hit by shrapnel and killed. His remains lie in the military cemetery at Villers au Bois, marked by a cross, only three miles from Vimy Ridge. Images courtesy of Archives & Special Collections. Memorial Magazine, 1914-1919. Major Sweet - opp. p.7, 1896 Encaenia Composite; Bombardier Morrison - opp. p.15, 1914 Class Composite. VIMY RIDGE REMEMBERING THE PAST, CELEBRATING THE PRESENT O ne hundred years ago, during the spring of 1917, Canadian soldiers were given the order to seize Vimy Ridge and drive out German forces entrenched there almost continuously since the beginning of the First World War. On April 9, the soldiers stormed the ridge, and on April 12, liberated their French allies – 3,598 Canadians were killed and about 7,000 were injured. Among those who fought at Vimy Ridge were Major John 'Jack' Hales Sweet (BA 1899) and Bombardier John I. Morrison (BScEng 1914). THE PAST Major Sweet Bombardier Morrison ALUMNI NEWS 18

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