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Ardagh Coe

In memory of:

Private Ardagh Coe

May 21, 1915

Military Service


Service Number:

27584

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

Division:

15th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

July 28, 1892

Son of the late John Wesley Coe and Fannie Ardagh Coe, of Toronto.

Digitized service file.

Commemorated on Page 9 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

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  • Memorial– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Photo of ARDAGH COE– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Memorial– Inscription - Vimy Memorial … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram May 1915. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Ardagh Coe– St. Simons Junior Hockey Team.  Champions of Anglican League, 1909. Ardagh Coe is seated centre on floor with goalie pads. (Of interest, W.P. Statham, standing back row middle, killed in action November 6, 1917 serving with the 15th Bn.)
  • Closer view– Closer view of Ardagh Coe from Team photo taken in 1909.
  • Newspaper clipping– Toronto city newspaper article showing Ardagh Coe as being Killed in action at the Battle of Festubert,
France on May 21, 1915.
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Remembered by the 48th Highlanders Museum 73 Simcoe St. Toronto, Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Badge– Cap Badge 15th Bn (48th Highlanders) CEF.  Photo submitted by Captain (retired) Victor Goldman, 15th Bn Memorial Project.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Shoulder patch– Shoulder Patch 15th Bn (48th Highlanders) CEF.  Photo submitted by Captain (retired) Victor Goldman, 15th Bn Memorial Project.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Memorial– The Memorial at Festubert, France was unveiled and dedicated on 23 Oct 2011 to commemorate the actions of the 15th Battalion CEF (48th Highlanders of Canada) during the Battle of Festubert on 20 May 1915 .  Photo by BGen (ret) G Young and submitted by Capt (ret) V Goldman of the 15th Battalion Memorial Project.

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