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Harry Ernest Windsor

In memory of:

Private Harry Ernest Windsor

April 9, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

226188

Age:

21

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)

Division:

10th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

October 21, 1896

Son of George H. Windsor, of Exeter, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 352 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.

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  • Cenotaph– Private Harry Ernest Windsor is also commemorated on the cenotaph in Exeter, ON … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cenotaph– Private Harry Ernest Windsor is also commemorated on the cenotaph in Exeter, ON … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Harry Ernest Windsor– Harry Ernest Windsor, Private
Born 21 Oct. 1896, Centralia, Exeter, Ontario.  Youngest child of George H. Windsor and Mary H. Smith, Methodist farmers.  Enlisted in the Canadian Mounted Rifles, 'B' Squadron Depot Regiment, 29 Oct. 1915, occupation given as student.  Embarked from Halifax on the SS Olympic, 2 April 1916, arrived in Liverpool, 12 April 1916.  Transferred to CCG Shorncliffe, 12 April 1916.  Transferred to Royal Canadian Dragoons Reserve Regiment, 12 June 1916.  Transferred to 9th Reserve Battalion, Shorncliffe, 17 Sep 1916
Drafted to the 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion, 27 Sep 1916.  Arrived in France for 10th Battalion, 28 Sep 1916.
Joined unit in the field, 10 Oct 1916.
Transferred to hospital with sprained right ankle, No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance, 27 Nov 1916.  Admitted to hospital, 29 Nov 1916.  Rejoined unit in the field, 13 Dec 1916.  Killed in action at Vimy Ridge, 9 April 1917, aged 21 years.  On the morning of 9th of April 1917, his mother, Mary, told her eldest daughter that something had happened to Harry.  This was long before word reached home in Centralia that he had been killed.
  • Inscription– Inscription on the Vimy Memorial, France
Photo courtesy of J. Elliott/J. Rutledge, The Men of Huron WW1 Project

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