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Reuben Cecil Bennett

In memory of:

Private Reuben Cecil Bennett

October 1, 1916

Albert, France

Military Service


Service Number:

412543

Age:

21

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment)

Division:

26th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

June 15, 1895
Oshawa, Ontario

Enlistment:

February 18, 1915
Port Hope, Ontario

Only son of Reuben and Carrie M. Bennett, of Port Hope, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 53 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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  • Photo of Reuben Bennett– Book of Remembrance (A record of the men of Port Hope who 
participated in the Great War of 1914-1918)" by James A. Elliott, Chairman 
of Committee, Port Hope, Jan 1, 1919 (Transcribed by Peter Bolton 2001)
  • Oshawa War Memorial– The Oshawa Ontario War Memorial (1924) was named "The Garden of the 
Unforgotten".  This elaborate memorial was set with stones from each Great 
War Allied Nation and from the battlefields where Canadians fought.  A pair 
of electric torches were to remain burning, and a copper time capsule box 
with artifacts from 1924 was buried under the memorial.  In 2002 the 
Memorial Park was redeveloped and today the park incorporates beautiful 
gardens. A plaque explaining the redevelopment states:  "Memorial Park is 
regarded as hallowed ground for quiet meditation, the enjoyment of music, 
and especially for honouring our men and women who served in armed 
conflicts".
  • 1914-1918 Memorial Plaque– This memorial is located in Oshawa, Ontario.
  • 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)

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