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Cyril Power Palmer

In memory of:

Private Cyril Power Palmer

August 16, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

408512

Age:

21

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Division:

15th Bn.

Additional Information


Son of H.B.S. Palmer and Josephine E. Palmer, of Gravenhurst, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 304 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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  • Memorial– Inscription - Vimy Memorial … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of CYRIL POWER PALMER– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Post Card– Postcard sent home by Pte. Cyril Palmer to his parents in Gravenhurst.  He provides his mailing address at Niagara Camp (a training camp).   The front of the card is a view of a local church.  The postage stamp used is an early example of the use of a 2 cent stamp (1 cent stamp plus 1 cent war tax).  The cancellation is for the Field Post Office at Niagara Camp.   Private Collection - M. I. Pirie.
  • Badge– Cap Badge  37th Bn (Northern Ontario).  Private Palmer was a member of the 37th 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 on behalf of 15th Bn Memorial Project.  Private Palmer originally enlisted with the 37th Bn CEF.  when this unit was broken up for replacements he was posted to the 15th Bn.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Shoulder patch– Shoulder Patch 15th Bn (48th Highlanders of Canada).  Submitted by Captain (retired) Victor Goldman on behalf of 15th Bn Memorial Project.  Private Palmer originally enlisted with the 37th Bn CEF.  when this unit was broken up for replacements he was posted to the 15th Bn.  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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