Roderick Ogle Bell-Irving was part of the contingent of 72nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders who left Vancouver to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force being assembled at Valcartier, Que. On 23 September 1914 he was taken on strength there as a lieutenant in the newly formed 16th Infantry Battalion (the Canadian Scottish), which went to England the next month.
The Bell-Irving family had a strong military presence in the Great war with all 6 brothers and 2 sisters enlisting in the CEF
The officer cap badge for the 16th battalion of which Bell-Irving served with.
The circumstance of death certificate indicating how the Major was killed.
The funeral service held for Roderick Bell-Irving at Eterpigny British cemetery between Arras and Cambrai in France
Barb Walls and her son Blake visit the grave of Roderick Bell-Irving in April 2017 while on a pilgrimage tour of Seaforth actions during the Great War
The Grave of Roderick Bell-Irving adorned with shells a rocks brought by Barb ad her son from a tiny island near Vancouver right off of Howe sound that his family named after him to keep his memory alive. A place he loved the most. Roderick went to that Island after war was declared to enjoy one last weekend of peace before shipping out, never to return.
The tiny British cemetery with 66 Burials at Eterpigny France
Hon Col. of the Seaforth Highlanders Michael Shields of Vancouver stands near the grave of Roderick Bell-Irving with the crucifix clearly visible behind him. The same crucifix can be seen in the funeral ceremony above