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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Norman Earl Farough

In memory of:

Private Norman Earl Farough

October 21, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

213360

Age:

18

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)

Division:

87th Bn.

Citation(s):

Victory Medal and British War Medal

Additional Information


Born:

December 30, 1897
Essex County, Ontario

Enlistment:

December 15, 1915

Son of Charles and Rosanna Farough, of Essex County, Ontario. Brother of Rosella Farough of Essex County, Ontario. Listing his civilian occupation as Railroad worker. He enlisted with the 99th Battalion and was later transferred to the 35th Battalion on 11 July 1916. He served with that Battalion until he was transferred to the 87th Battalion on 16 August 1916.

Commemorated on Page 84 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:

Not applicable

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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  • Photo of Norman Earl Farough - 1915
  • Post Card– Post card sent by Norman Farough from England just after his transfer to the 87th Battalion.
  • Gravemarker– Essex County Memorial for the Essex veterans of the First World War.
  • Letter– Letter to Charles Farough informing him his son, Norman, died in battle.
  • Attestation Paper
  • Attestation Paper
  • Inscription– This is a photo of Norman's name which is inscribed on the Canadian National Vimy War Memorial north of Paris, France for soldiers of WWI.  He was listed as MIA and his body never recovered.
  • Vimy Ridge Memorial– This is a photo of the entire Canadian Vimy Memorial monument near Arras, France (north of Paris).  There are over 11,000 names of Canadian soldiers who lost their lives during WWI and whose bodies were never identified or recovered.

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