Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Lawrence Edgar Abbott

In memory of:

Private Lawrence Edgar Abbott

August 15, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

633350

Age:

20

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)

Division:

21st Battalion

Additional Information


Born:

November 15, 1896

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Abbott, of Mille Roches, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 189 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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  • 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)
  • Vimy Memorial– 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 Lawrence Abbott– The picture came to me after my parents passed away and we could never put a name to it until today when a cousin let me know that we had a great uncle that it buried at Vimy Ridge. The date of his death corresponds with a notation my grandmother ,sister-in-law to Lawrence  Edgar Abbott, had made in a little booklet she had kept between 1916 and the early 70.s.
  • War Memorial– WWI Memorial in Ault Park, Long Sault, Ontario.
Laurence Edgar Abbott
Charles Sydney Antoine
Allan Hickey
George Lunn
Frederick Lama
Archibald Eugene McLellan
James Edmund McLellan
Arthur Runions
William Milross Roys
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