Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Dudley Alan Herbert Acheson

In memory of:

Lieutenant Dudley Alan Herbert Acheson

November 5, 1916

Military Service


Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

Division:

54th Bn.

Additional Information


Son of Mrs. Acheson, of Penticton, British Columbia, and the late Col. Herbert Acheson (Saskatchewan Light Horse), of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Commemorated on Page 45 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 Dudley A. H. Acheson– Lieutenant Dudley A. H. Acheson.  Originally with the 65th Battalion, he was transferred to the 54th when he went overseas.

Private Collection
  • Letter (October 12, 1916)– First page of a letter Lt. Acheson wrote home to a loved one less than a month before his death.  Page two follows, as well as a typed transcript.

Private collection
  • Letter (October 12, 1916)– Second page of a letter Lt. Acheson wrote home a few weeks before his death.

Private collection
  • Typed transcript of letter– Typed transcript of handwritten letter by Lt. Acheson previously posted.  Note that in the letter he mentions his old unit, the 65th Battalion, and his thought that: "I don't feel in any more personal danger here than I did before, that is, as to my life.  I shall possibly be wounded, but a little trip to England will be quite welcome..."  He was killed in action less than a month later.

Private collection
  • Photo of Dudley Alan Herbert Acheson– Lt. Acheson and a companion named Ross rest along an English country road.

The 54th Battalion War Diary for 
5 November, 1916, states, "In Line. Stakes of proposed new trench checked up as much as possible but thorough inspection impossible in daytime account enemy snipers very active.  Lieut. Acheson, D.A.H., killed while going over proposed trench work with Lieut. B.S. Todd of the 87th Canadian Inf. Bn, who was also killed.  Enemy artillery active in afternoon.  The Battalion was relieved by the 87th Canadian Inf. Bn., relief being completed by 8 p.m.  

Private collection
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of Dudley Alan Herbert Acheson– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorabilia– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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