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Barnabus Broadbridge

In memory of:

Private Barnabus Broadbridge

September 28, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

405201

Age:

27

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Division:

5th Coy.

Additional Information


Son of William and Anne Broadbridge, of 10, Upper Richmond Rd., Putney, London, England; husband of Emily Broadbridge, of 69, Chapel Rd., Worthing, England.

Digitized service file.

Commemorated on Page 58 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution 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

  • Watch– This watch belonged to Barnabus Broadbridge.  After his death in combat in 1916 it was forwarded to his widow, Emily Broadbridge who had returned to England.
  • Watch– Back of watch presented to Barnabus Broadbridge by his fellow workers at the Toronto Carpet Co. in August 1915 upon his leaving to serve in World War 1.  The Toronto Carpet Co. was soon out of business, but the original plant has been beautifully restored and now used for offices.
  • Inscription– Inscription on the Vimy Memorial in France "B Broadbridge"
  • War Memorial– The Chichester War Memorial.  Barnabus Broadbridge's name is inscribed on the memorial.  He was born in 1890 in Sussex.
  • Memorial– 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)
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram October 1916. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram October 1916. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Obituary

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