Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Henry Lyman Devlin

In memory of:

Lieutenant Henry Lyman Devlin

September 9, 1916

Military Service


Age:

20

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

75th Battalion

Additional Information


Son of S. L. and Margaret J. Devlin, of 71 Delaware Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 77 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Inscription on Menin Gate Memorial– Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Circumstances of death registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada. CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR. Surnames: Deuel to Domoney. Microform Sequence 28; Volume Number 31829_B016737. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 172. Page 79 of 1084.
  • Photo of Henry (Harry) Devlin– Harry Devlin attended attended St. Andrew's College in Aurora, Ontario in 1911-12.  This photo is from the St. Andrew's College Review, Memorial Number, June 1919.
  • Photo of Henry Lyman Devlin– From: The Varsity Magazine Supplement published by The Students Administrative Council, University of Toronto 1918.  
Submitted for the Soldiers' Tower Committee, University of Toronto, by Operation Picture Me.
  • Photo of HENRY LYMAN DEVLIN– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of HENRY LYMAN DEVLIN– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Attestation Paper (page 1)– CEF ATTESTATION p1
Source: Library & Archives Canada online
  • Attestation Paper (page 2)– CEF ATTESTATION p 2
Source: Library & Archives Canada online
  • Newspaper Clipping– First part of a clipping from the Toronto Daily Star for 23 October 1916, page 1.
  • Newspaper Clipping (2)– Second part of a clipping from the Toronto Daily Star for 23 October 1916, page 4.
  • Roll of Service– From the "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", published in 1921.
  • Memorial Plaque– This memorial plaque stands in the main entrance of the Toronto Star Building on #1 Younge Street.

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