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Alexander Windram

In memory of:

Corporal Alexander Windram

April 9, 1917

Vimy Ridge, France

Military Service


Service Number:

790686

Age:

36

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

Division:

7th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

February 21, 1881
Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Scotland

Enlistment:

February 22, 1916
New Westminster, British Columbia

Husband of Mary Windram, of Fraser Mills, Coquitlam, British Columbia. Father of Elsie Watson Windram (later McKinnon). English:

Digitized service file.

French:

Dossier de service numérisé.

Commemorated on Page 352 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

ARRAS ROAD CEMETERY
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

I. A. 11.

Location:

Roclincourt is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, a little east of the road from Arras to Lens and Lille. The cemetery is on the west side of the main N17 road from Arras to Lens, about 6 kilometres north of Arras, and north of the village of Roclincourt. The cemetery was enlarged in 1926-29 by the concentration of 993 graves from a wide area mainly North and East of Arras. There are now over 1,000 First World war casualties commemorated in this site which covers an area of 4,084 square metres. It is enclosed on three sides by a stone rubble wall, and against the road by a retaining wall. Old dug-outs exist under the North-East corner and on the South-West boundary.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Alexander Windram– Corporal Alexander Windram; 7th (1st British Columbia Regiment) Battalion; 2nd Infantry Brigade
The story of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is well known on the 9th April 1917 the time for the attack arrived.  A single Canadian gun fired at 05.30 am, on cue the allied guns responded and the attackers left their trenches.   The cost of success was high, the 7th Battalion casualties were 4 officers & 60 men killed, 4 officers & 257 men wounded.   The Battalion collected their dead, among them Alexander Windram, and started a new cemetery alongside the Arras road in the middle of the ground they had captured.  The men from the 9th April 1917 lie together in Plot 1.
His daughter, Elsie always believed her father died on her 3rd birthday, April 8 1917. With the 8-hour time difference between France and her home it could very well have been true, the Vimy battle would have been 2½ hours old by the end of day back at Fraser Mills, British Columbia.
  • Grave Marker– The grave marker at the Arras Road Cemetery located outside Roclincourt, about 5 kilometres from Canada's Vimy Memorial. May he rest in peace. (John & Anne Stephens 2013)
  • Arras Road Cemetery– The Arras Road Cemetery, located at Roclincourt, about 5 kilometres from Canada's Vimy Memorial in France. (John & Anne Stephens 2013)
  • Epitaph– Epitaph
  • Photo of Alexander Windram– Submitted in memory of the members of the 131st Battalion CEF. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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