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John Trueman

In memory of:

Private John Trueman

April 13, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

688085

Age:

27

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

Division:

47th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

April 14, 1889
Bollington, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Son of James Solomon and Martha (née Bollington) Trueman, of Bollington, Cheshire, England. He was educated in Bollington, a stone mason by trade. He served 3 years with the Cheshire Yeomanry. Brother of Wright, the eldest, who did not serve; James and Tom who both served with the 54th Battalion; Frank, who served with the British Army; Herbert, twin to Frank, served in the 1st and 7th Battalions of the Cheshire Regiments and was killed in France on 3 September 1918, William, who served with the 5th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment; Jane (Jenny); Harold and Stanley. Of his eight brothers, six served in the First World War, two with Canada, three with England. John, generally called Jack, was the first member of the Trueman family to settle at Dragon Lake near Quesnel, British Columbia. In the early 1900s he left England to visit his uncles, who resided in Skagit Valley, Washington State, U.S.A. From there he travelled north to the Yukon in search of a fortune. After a short stay he travelled overland south to Prince George and worked on the construction of the Grand Trunk Railroad.

Commemorated on Page 341 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.

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  • Memorial– 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)
  • Memorial– Remembering brothers lost … Brothers In Arms Memorial, Zonnebeke, BE … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens … May 2022
  • Photo of John Trueman

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