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Percy Melville Corbett

In memory of:

Private Percy Melville Corbett

August 27, 1918

Military Service


Service Number:

874620

Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Division:

27th Bn.

Honours and Awards:

Military Medal

Additional Information


Born:

June 7, 1892

Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Corbett, of Crystal City, Manitoba.

Commemorated on Page 389 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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  • 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)
  • Photo of Percy Corbett– A Picture of Percy taken a few years before the War.
  • Attestation Papers– Percy Corbett's Attestation Papers.  He signed up in January 1917 but due to a hernia he was not allowed to train as a combat soldier.  Percy was then trained as a stretcher bearer and left for France in June 1917.
  • War Diary– 27th Batt. War Diary with Percy's Military Medal Award after Passchendeale.  There were a lot of casualties 45 killed, 16 missing, and 160 wounded.
  • War Diary– 27th Batt. War Diary for August 27, 1918.  The Battle SE of Arras where Percy was killed.  It states that there were 15 KIAs that day.
  • Letter– A letter home from Percy Corbett July 13th 1918. Letter is to his Family and does not mention much about the war.  Percy says that all the Crystal City boys are either in Canada or Wounded.  He says it is almost bedtime and he is under a shady tree.

The Letter was written an Month before he dies.  Pages 1+2 out of 4
  • Letter– A letter home from Percy Corbett July 13th 1918. Letter is to his Family and does not mention much about the war.  Percy says that all the Crystal City boys are either in Canada or Wounded.  He says it is almost bedtime and he is under a shady tree.

The Letter was written an Month before he dies.  Pages 3+4 out of 4
  • Newspaper clipping– Death Notice - Manitoba Free Press Sept. 14, 1918
  • Document– The Circumstances of Death Notice for Percy Corbett.  He was killed by a sniper while helping a wounded German Soldier.
  • Military Medal Citiation– P.M. Corbett's Military Medal Award as a Stretcher Bearer in the first wave of Passchendaele.  Percy was KIA 27-8-18.  Family story is that he was shot after being lured into helping a wounded German Soldier in No-Mans Land.  Percy's body was never recovered and his name is on the Vimy Memorial.  He was not cleared for combat due to a pre-existing hernia, but was made a Stretcher Bearer instead.  Brave Man - Not Forgotten.

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