Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Archie Warren Beard

In memory of
Private
Archie Warren Beard
October 1, 1916

Military Service:

Service Number:
142261
Force:
Army
Unit:
Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
Division:
24th Bn.

Additional Information:

Commemorated on Page 52 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
VIMY MEMORIAL ; Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference:
N/A
Location:
Canada's most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is the majestic and inspiring Vimy Memorial, which overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The Memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted. At the base of the memorial, these words appear in French and in English:

TO THE VALOUR OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT WAR AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SIXTY THOUSAND DEAD THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA


Inscribed on the ramparts of the Vimy Memorial are the names of over 11,000 Canadian soldiers who were posted as 'missing, presumed dead' in France. A plaque at the entrance to the memorial states that the land for the battlefield park, 91.18 hectares in extent, was 'the free gift in perpetuity of the French nation to the people of Canada'. Construction of the massive work began in 1925, and 11 years later, on July 26, 1936, the monument was unveiled by King Edward VIII. The park surrounding the Vimy Memorial was created by horticultural experts. Canadian trees and shrubs were planted in great masses to resemble the woods and forests of Canada. Wooded parklands surround the grassy slopes of the approaches around the Vimy Memorial. Trenches and tunnels have been restored and preserved and the visitor can picture the magnitude of the task that faced the Canadian Corps on that distant dawn when history was made. On April 3, 2003, the Government of Canada designated April 9th of each year as a national day of remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

Send us your images
  • Photo of Archie Warren Beard – Archie Warren Beard, 24th Infantry Battalion
(from the Milton Historical Society Collection)
http://miltonhistoricalsociety.ca/greatwar
  • Photo of ARCHIE WARREN BEARD – In memory of the men joined the 76th Battalion CEF and died while serving in other Battalions. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Death Registry – Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  Bea to Belisle  Mircoform Sequence 7; Volume Number 31829_B016717. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 151.  Page 95 of 724.
  • Milton Ontario War Memorial – Milton Ontario War Memorial (1926), Victoria Park Square, Milton, 
Ontario, Canada.
  • Milton Ontario War Memorial – Names listed on the Milton Ontario War Memorial.

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