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William Robert Ebel

In memory of:

Private William Robert Ebel

May 3, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

657157

Age:

24

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)

Division:

1st Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

February 9, 1893
Mornington, Ontario

He was known by the name Robert. He was the son of Willima Henry Ebel and Margaret McIlroy. He was the grandson of Wilhelm Henri Ludwig born July 13, 1822 in Germany and Whilelmina Charolette VonKrepes born in 1823 in Hannover, Germany. They came to Canada as young people and married in 1850 in Ottawa. Whilelmina was still living when her grandson Robert went to war in May 1917. She died in September 1917. Robert and his brother Charles spoke about the fact that their German heritage was not considered to be good and that they could have kin on the other side of the conflict. They never spoke German at home. Robert had two brothers and three sisters, all of whom were deeply affected by his death. They were: Herbert Louis, born in 1885 in Mornington, Violet born in 1887, Alma born in 1890, twins Agnes and Charles born 17 June 1892 in Listowel, Ontario. Robert grew up in the Listowel area, but later the family moved to Pike Bay on the Bruce Peninsula. He enlisted in the 162nd Battalion and served with the No. 2 Platoon A Company. He was reported missing and presumed dead after three weeks in France at Vimy Ridge. Reported in the Wairton Echo Paper on Thursday, May 24, 1917, 'Reported missing, May 3rd, Pte. William Robert Ebel, Pike Bay.'

Commemorated on Page 233 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– Memorial to Uncle Robert Ebel
  • Photo of William Robert Ebel
  • Photo 2 of William Ebel– Grandpa Charlie Ebel saying goodbye, to his brother, Robert, at the train station.
  • Photo of William Ebel
  • Inscription– His name as it is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial (2010). 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)
  • Vimy Memorial– Canada's Vimy Memorial, located approximately 8 kilometres to the north-east of Arras, France. May the sacrifice of so many never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)

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