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Edward Charles Hamman

In memory of:

Private Edward Charles Hamman

May 24, 1915

Military Service

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Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment)


5th Bn.

Additional Information

Son of the late John Hamman, and of Sophia Hamman, of Campbellville, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 17 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Pas de Calais, France

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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:


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

  • Death Registry– The War Graves Register for Private Hamman says that he was killed in action in the assault on K5 and was buried on the spot. It was further stated that "no cross could be erected". In May 1915 the CEF was involved in the Battle of Festubert, only a few short weeks after near devastation at the 2nd Battle of Ypres.  The war diary for May 24, 1915 shows that 4 Officers, 11 NCOs and 30 Other Ranks were killed that day (Bethune, Festubert) - south of Ypres, north of the Artois Plateau (Arras). A further 8 Officers, 30 NCOs and 174 men were wounded. Appendix A to the September war diary details the horrors of that attack. The reference to the attack at K5 by the 5th Battalion is detailed on page 102 of Nicholson, Chapter IV.
  • Map– The spot noted as K5 is depicted on Map 6 from Nicholson's "Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War". The approximate location where Private Hamman was buried during the battle is marked by the star. The green arrow shows the general movement of the 2nd Infantry Brigade, which included the 5th Infantry Battalion, towards K5.
  • Map– A 1915 trench map showing the details of the area and specifically where Pte. Hamman's body was reported to have been buried. This is Map 36c and the remains were in the large sector marked "A" and then in the sub-sector of "A" known as "2". Each sub-sector is divided further into "a, b, c, and d" (see example for sub-sector A4). In the square 36c.A2.d the remains are then at the crossing the grid lines 4 across the bottom and 8 up (= 36c.A2.d.4.8). The remains of Private Hamman may have been recovered after the Armistice and buried as an UNKNOWN Canadian Soldier in a nearby cemetery. There were thirty eight (38) Privates of the 5th Battalion killed at that location, on that day, that have no known grave.
  • Inscription– 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)
  • 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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