April 9, 1917: Pte. Robert Gilbert at the Battle of Vimy Ridge

The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place on April 9, 1917. Pte. R. Gilbert, one of the few Black men permitted to enlist, (the 103rd Battalion recruited in, and was mobilized at Victoria, British Columbia) captured a German Officer who then gave Pte. Gilbert his own Iron Cross, because of the bravery and courage Gilbert showed in capturing the officer and 24 of his men! Find out more