Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Wilbert George Bolton

In memory of
Corporal
Wilbert George Bolton
April 9, 1917

Military Service:

Service Number:
186026
Age:
23
Force:
Army
Unit:
Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
Division:
78th Bn.

Additional Information:

Born:
January 8, 1894

Son of Ferris Bolton, of Darlingford, Manitoba, now of 610, 15th Street, Brandon.

Brother of Pioneer Elmer Leeds Bolton, killed in action on August 15, 1917 and is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, and of Corporal Harold Albert Bolton, killed in action on June 20, 1917 and is buried at Ecoivres Military Cemetery.

Commemorated on Page 204 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

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  • Newspaper Clipping – In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Inscription – His name as it is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial. Over 11,000 fallen Canadians having no known place of burial in France, are honoured on this Memorial. May they never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)
  • Collage – Canada's Vimy Memorial, located approximately 8 kilometres to the north-east of Arras, France. May the sacrifice of so many never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)
  • Photo of WILBERT GEORGE BOLTON – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of Wilbert Bolton – University of Manitoba Roll of Honour 1914-1918.  Winnipeg, 1923. Roll of the Fallen (pg. 17) - "BOLTON, Wilbert G.: Agric. '17; Enlisted 1915; Pte. 90th Battn.; Cpl.; Transferred to 78th Battn.; Service in France; Killed in Action 9-4-17."
  • Attestation papers
  • Memorial – The Darlingford Memorial and Park's development was initiated by a land donation from Ferris Bolton, a pioneer area farmer, businessman and politician who lost three sons in World War. The memorial is a unique form of living remembrance in Manitoba, one that combines a lush public and ceremonial space with a more private, chapel-like building containing tablets with the names of Darlingford-area residents who served in World Wars I and II. The impressive Gothic-inspired brick structure, designed by A.A. Stoughton, the first head of the School of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, is the only free-standing building in the province with the sole function of commemorating war veterans and casualties.

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