WW I anniversary: The story of Canadian soldier George Price

The memory of the Canadians who marched through the streets of the Belgian city of Mons in the final days of the First World War was preserved today, with diplomats gathering at a cemetery to commemorate the outbreak of the war 100 years ago.

Mons, Belgium, is final resting place of Canadian George Price, last soldier killed on western front

WW1 anniversary in Belgium

9 years ago
Duration 3:43
In the city of Mons, Belgium, where the British fought their first major engagement and where the last shots of The Great War rang out, Canadians are remembered as liberators for our role in driving out German occupiers.

In a tranquil military cemetery in Mons, Belgium, there is a grave belonging to the last soldier killed on the western front during the First World War. 

George Price was a Canadian private from Saskatchewan shot by a German sniper while inspecting a row of houses near the river that runs through the centre of town. The bullet struck him down just three minutes before an armistice was declared, effectively ending the war.

The city stands as a potent symbol of the suffering that the war bred throughout Europe, and the hope that Canadian soldiers brought with them as they liberated its residents from German forces in 1918.

Now the people of Mons are trying to preserve the memory of the Canadians who marched through the city’s streets in the final days of World War One. On Monday, top world diplomats gathered at the cemetery for a ceremony commemorating the outbreak of the war 100 years ago. 

Watch the video report from CBC’s Nahlah Ayed for more.