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Angus Peter Murchison

In memory of:

Private Angus Peter Murchison

April 9, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

261030

Age:

21

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Division:

78th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

February 6, 1894

Son of Martin and Nellie Murchison, of Carberry, Manitoba.

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
  • Death Certificate– CEF Death Certificate for Pte. A. P. Murchison, KIA April 9, 1917 the day Vimy Ridge was taken.
  • Photo of Angus Murchison– Private Angus P. Murchison of the 212th American Legion, CEF.
  • Photo 2 of Angus Murchison– Private Angus P. Murchison & Manley Steen 1916
  • Photo 3 of Angus Murchison– Private Angus Murchison & Percy Murchison at Camp Hughes, Manitoba, 1916
  • Church– Families of soldiers KIA were sent memorial plaques.  This is the Methodist Church Petrel, Manitoba, were the Memorial for Pte. Angus Murchison was mounted.  The Murchison family helped to build this church.
  • Letter (Feb 14, 1917)– Letter about the death of Abraham Armstrong written from the trenches by Angus P. Murchison
  • Page 2 of Letter (Feb 14, 1917)– Letter about the death of Abraham Armstrong written from the trenches by Angus P. Murchison
  • 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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