#100DaysofVimy – January 17, 2017

Each Tuesday, we will feature a place in Canada (or international!) with a Vimy Ridge connection. Today we highlight Percival Molson Stadium, Montreal.

In 1913, plans to build a sports stadium on the McGill Campus began. McGill graduate  and star athlete, Percival Molson, MC, was greatly involved with leading the Stadium Committee. Initially delayed by the onset of World War One, the stadium opened in 1915. The first event held on the stadium grounds was in fact a sports program hosted by the McGill Canadian Officers Training Corps auxiliary battalion. Molson went on to serve as a Captain with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. On July 5, 1917, Captain Percival Molson, MC was killed by a German howitzer during fighting at Avion, near Vimy Ridge.

His will bequeathed $75,000 towards the construction expenses of the McGill stadium. In 1919, McGill’s Board of Governors officially renamed the venue the Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. For further reading, click here.

Have you visited the Percival Molson Stadium in Montreal? Did you know its connection to the First World War? Let us know!

Captain Percival Molson in uniform, circa 1915. Photo: McGill University Archives, PR041491
Captain Percival Molson in uniform, circa 1915. Photo: McGill University Archives, PR041491

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