Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Arnold Palmer

In memory of:

Lieutenant William Arnold Palmer

November 14, 1917

Military Service


Age:

30

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Division:

43rd Bn.

Additional Information


Son of the Rev. F. W. H. Palmer, M.A., and Charlotte Vilbois Palmer, of Snettisham, Norfolk, England. Husband of Janet Elizabeth Palmer, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He had joined the staff of the Bank of Montreal in Winnipeg in 1913.

Commemorated on Page 305 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 24 - 26 - 28 - 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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  • Memorial– Found in my grandfather's photo album - James Grahame born June 29, 1886. My father was Frederick Burton Grahame 1914-1996. I may have more photos of him, there is one on the same page in the album of a fine looking young man in uniform, it is not labelled and I can't get it easily off the page.
  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate - May 2019 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Menin Gate - May 2019 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of William Arnold Palmer– Lieutenant William Arnold Palmer, 43rd Battalion
He was born in Snettisham, England in October 1887, a son of the Rev. F.W.H. Palmer.  After completing his education at the Grammar School, Snettisham, he entered the service of Lloyds Bank, Limited, where he remained for nine years.  He then came to Canada and joined the staff of the Bank of Montreal in Winnipeg in 1913.  In March, 1915, he enlisted as a private in the 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry, and arrived in France with his unit in the following summer.  In July, 1916, during the heavy fighting on the Somme, he was severely wounded at Courcelette, and evacuated to England.  On his recovery he was given his commission as Lieutenant, and he rejoined his former battalion in the field in July 1917.  He was instantly killed on November 14, 1917 [at the age of 30], while leading his platoon forward during the operations against Passchendaele.
Source: Norm Christie. For King and Empire: The Canadians at Passchendaele October to November 1917. Winnipeg: Bunker to Bunker Books, 1996., p. 36.
  • Inscription on Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial– Photo courtesy of Sandi Neufeld.
  • The Menin Gate– Photo courtesy of Sandi Neufeld.
  • Memorial– This is the War Memorial at Snettisham, Norfolk on which William Palmer's name is commemorated.
  • Inscription– William Palmer's name commemorated on Snettisham War Memorial.

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