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Updated: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 01:24:26 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

WW1: Leaders to mark outbreak of war in city liberated by Canadians



British soldiers wait in the trenches on the Western Front during the First World War in this undated file photo. World War One pioneered many "firsts" in technological, scientific and societal innovations. Steel helmets were used for the first time as protective headgear for soldiers. Field telephones and wireless communications were regularly used for the first time to coordinate military movements. REUTERS/Files - RTR3ZQ9K Reuters

British soldiers wait in the trenches on the Western Front during the First World War in this undated file photo. World War One pioneered many "firsts" in technological, scientific and societal innovations. Steel helmets were used for the first time as protective headgear for soldiers. Field telephones and wireless communications were regularly used for the first time to coordinate military movements. REUTERS/Files - RTR3ZQ9K Reuters

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

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His name was George Price, and he was a Canadian private 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 all the Canadians that marched through the city’s streets in the final days of World War One. On Monday, top world diplomats will gather 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. 

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