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William Munro

In memory of:

Private William Munro

April 17, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

799364

Age:

29

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

15th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

September 20, 1887

Son of Alexander and Agnes Munro, of West Kingsford, Counterswells, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Commemorated on Page 299 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution 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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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram May 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of WILLIAM MUNRO– Pte William Munro was originally a member of the 134th Battalion (48th Highlanders) and was sent in a draft to the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) No. 4 Company. He was MIA east of Vimy on 17 Apr 1917 near Willerval, France .
Submitted by the 15th Battalion CEF Memorial Project.
Dileas Gu Brath
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Remembered by the 48th Highlanders Museum 73 Simcoe St. Toronto, Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Photo of WILLIAM MUNRO– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Record of Service– Record of Service Card (front side).  Courtesy 48th Highlanders of Canada Regimental Museum.  Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Record of Service– Record of Service Card (reveerse side).  Courtesy 48th Highlanders of Canada Regimental Museum.  Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Badge– Cap Badge  134th Bn (48th Highlanders of Canada).  Private Munro was a member of the 134th Bn before being sent to the 15th Bn as a reinforcement.  Submitted by Captain (retired) Victor Goldman, 15th Bn Memorial Project.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Badge– Cap Badge  15th Bn (48th Highlanders of Canada).   Submitted by Captain (retired) Victor Goldman, 15th Bn Memorial Project.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Shoulder patch– Shoulder Patch  15th Bn (48th Highlanders of Canada).   Submitted by Captain (retired) Victor Goldman, 15th Bn Memorial Project.  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)
  • Memorial– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.

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