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Francis Clarence McGee

In memory of:

Lieutenant Francis Clarence McGee

September 16, 1916

Courcelette, France

Military Service


Age:

33

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)

Division:

21st Bn.

Citation(s):

1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Additional Information


Born:

November 4, 1882
Ottawa, Ontario

Enlistment:

November 9, 1914
Kingston, Ontario

Son of John Joseph and Elizabeth McGee, of Ottawa, Ontario.

Brother of Captain Charles Edward McGee, who died during service with the Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment).

As a former member of The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Aylmer, Quebec; Lieutenant McGee is commemorated on a plaque in the entrance to the club.

Digitized service file.

Commemorated on Page 125 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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  • Team Photo
  • Newspaper clipping
  • Memorial
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Attestation Papers– Famed Canadian Hockey Player
  • Attestation Papers (Reverse)– Famed Canadian Hockey Player
  • Document
  • Photo of Francis McGee– From Daily British Whig, Kingston Ontario.
  • The Royal Ottawa Golf Club plaque– The Royal Ottawa Golf Club erected a plaque honouring its members who lost their lives in the Great War.
  • Photo of Francis Clarence McGee
  • 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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