Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Charles Dykes Burgess

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Charles Dykes Burgess

September 15, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

405539

Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)

Division:

18th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

August 23, 1888

Son of Charles Burgess, of Oldham, England. Husband of Winifred Clara Walker (formerly Burgess), of Toronto, Ontario.

Father of Lance Corporal George Dale Burgess, who died during service with the Canadian Provost Corps.

Commemorated on Page 61 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 CHARLES DYKES BURGESS – Served with the 35th Battalion CEF. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Photo of CHARLES DYKES BURGESS – In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Submitted by the 48th Highlanders Museum 73 Simcoe St. Toronto for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Circumstances of Death Registers – Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  Burbank to Bytheway. Microform Sequence 16; Volume Number 31829_B016725. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 160.  Page 105 of 926.
  • Memorial Album – Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Memorial Album – Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. 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)

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