Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Kenneth McLean

In memory of:

Private Kenneth McLean

October 25, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

460794

Age:

29

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Division:

44th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

April 27, 1887

Son of Donald and Mary McLean, of Fair Isle, Shetland.

Commemorated on Page 128 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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  • Inscription– Vimy Memorial - August 2012 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Mourning Mother– Vimy Memorial - August 2012 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Vimy Memorial– August 2012 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Kenneth McLean– Kenneth McLean 44th Canadian Battalion.  Killed 25 October 1916 at the Regina Trench.  Kenneth McLean grew up on Fair Isle, Shetland.  Kenneth and his younger brother Charles fought together in France and died three days apart in 1916.  Their story is featured on the award winning documentary 'Our Boys, Fair Isle and World War One' produced by the pupils of Fair Isle Primary School (http://www.rblscotland.com/schools/primary-schools-war-memorial-competition-winners/ ).  This picture was scanned from an original housed in the Fair Isle Museum (George Waterson Memorial Centre).  It was sent by Kenneth to his family in Fair Isle.
  • Photo of KENNETH MCLEAN– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • 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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