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Frederick Diehl

In memory of:

Lance Sergeant Frederick Diehl

August 26, 1918

Military Service


Service Number:

292005

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regt.)

Citation(s):

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)London Gazette # 31128 dated 14 January 1919 "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on Hangard on 8th August 1918. He led his section against heavy shell and machine-gun fire. Observing that the attack was checked by a number of enemy snipers and two machine-gun posts, killing eight of the enemy and taking six prisoners, together with two heavy machine guns. He showed skilful leadership and coolness during the atttack, and his prompt action at a critical period was of great assistance in the success of the operations and averted many casualties to our troops".

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Additional Information


Born:

September 21, 1895
Cypress River,, Manitoba

Enlistment:

February 11, 1916
Cypress River, Manitoba

Son of Mrs. Caroline Diehl of Cypress River, Manitoba. Lance Sergeant stated he was single and employed as a stationery engineer. On enlistment, he joined the 222nd Overseas Battalion.

Commemorated on Page 397 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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  • Circumstances of death registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada. CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR. Surnames: Deuel to Domoney. Microform Sequence 28; Volume Number 31829_B016737. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 172. Page 441 of 1084. His grave was located 4 ½ miles East South East of Arras, North of Monchy-le-Preux, France. Subsequently, his grave could not be found, hence his sacrifice is commemorated at the Vimy Memorial.
  • Photo of FREDERICK DIEHL– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • 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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