Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Guy Provins

In memory of:

Private Guy Provins

October 15, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

219864

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

Division:

54th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

October 15, 1896

Commemorated on Page 151 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 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Mourning Mother – Vimy Memorial … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Vimy Memorial – Vimy Memorial … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Guy Provins – Newspaper Photo and Original 80th Bn CEF Cap badge from Belleville, Ontario Area.  Guy Provins, was from Deseronto Ontario. He was killed in action, on his 20th Birthday, while serving with the 54th Canadian Infantry.
  • Death Certificate – This is the CEF death certificate issued for Guy Provins.
  • Medals – CEF, Medals issued for  service during WW1 for Private Guy Provins, from Deseronto, Ontario, along with the 80th Infantry Battalion Cap Badge.
  • Press Clipping – Obituary and newspaper clipping,  referenceing Private Guy Provins, of Deseronto, Ontario service, during WWI.
  • Photo of Medal – Private Guy Provins, enlisted Barriefield (Kingston,Ontario), 80th Battalion, 5 Oct. 1915. Sailed May 16, 1916, England 74 Battalion. 54th Battalion France, 14 Aug. 1916 to 15 Oct. 1916. Killed in Action, Guy's 20th Birthday.
  • Photo 2 of Guy Provins – Private Guy Provins, of Deseronto Ontario. Killed on his 20th Birthday Oct 1916. Photo taken after enlistment, in 80th Canadian Infantry Battalion, before proceeding Overseas. photo by, F. L. Richardson, Napanee, Ontario.
  • Letter
  • Inscription – His name as it is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial. 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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