Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Adam McKee Crookshanks

In memory of:

Private Adam McKee Crookshanks

September 15, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

53095

Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)

Additional Information


Son of Thomas and Mary E. Crookshanks, of Stratford, Ontario. Enlisted October 1914.

Commemorated on Page 73 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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  • Newspaper Clipping – Original memorial notice for Lance-Corporal Adam McKee Crookshanks.
His story was featured in Maclean's magazine in its December 1917 issue.  The author of the article was Corporal R. N. Siddle who fought with Crookshanks in the 18th Battalion.  The article detailed the growing importance of the role of the sniper during the war and the hardships faced by snipers.  He described Crookshanks in the article as follows:  "He was a fine fellow, big and husky, and good natured and as straight as the day is long.  We had enlisted together and had been the closest of chums all through training. We worked together as a sniper team for over a year...I want to say that a better man than Adam Crookshanks never donned the khaki."  At the battle of the Somme, Corporal Siddle was with Crookshanks when he was killed and wrote:  "Death was probably instantaneous.  The German had shot him in the neck."  Siddle buried Crookshanks in a shell hole. This article remains as a lasting tribute to Lance Corporal Crookshank's heroism.
  • 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)

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