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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Arthur George Marshall

In memory of:

Private Arthur George Marshall

August 15, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

204123

Age:

30

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

15th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

November 15, 1886

Son of Mrs. Emma Marshall, of Greenwood, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Herts, England.

Commemorated on Page 290 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– Inscription - Vimy Memorial - August 2012 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Vimy Memorial– Mourning Mother - Vimy Memorial - August 2012 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Vimy Memorial– Vimy Memorial - August 2012 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Group Photo– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Badge– Cap Badge 15th Bn CEF submitted by Captain (retired) V. Goldman on behalf of the 15th Bn Memorial Project
  • Shoulder patch– Shoulder flashes 15th Bn CEF submitted by Captain (retired) V. Goldman on behalf of the 15th Bn Memorial Project
  • Cap Badge– Cap Badge 96th Bn CEF.  Private Marshall was originally in the 96th Bn before transferring to the 15th Bn.  Photo submitted by Captain (retired) Victor Goldman, 15th Bn Memorial Project.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Record of Service– Courtesy 48th Highlanders of Canada Regimental Museum.  Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Record of Service– Courtesy 48th Highlanders of Canada Regimental Museum.  Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Hill 70 Memorial– "The Hill 70 memorial, erected by the 15th Battalion Memorial Project and the town of Benifontaine, was unveiled and dedicated on 22 September 2012. The memorial commemorates the actions of the 15th Battalion CEF, which was on the extreme left flank of the Canadian assault on Hill 70, on 15 August 1917 and the memory of those members of the Battalion who fell during the engagement. The memorial sits on what was then known as Bois Hugo, which the Battalion assaulted, captured and held against repeated German counterattacks."

Photo submitted by the 15th Battalion Memorial Project Team.

Dileas Gu Brath
  • 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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