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Thomas Benjamin Raper

In memory of:

Private Thomas Benjamin Raper

April 9, 1917
Vimy Ridge, France

Military Service

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Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)


54th Bn.

Additional Information


January 11, 1897
Nanaimo, British Columbia


December 1, 1915
New Westminister, British Columbia

Son of James and Kate Raper, of Vananda, Texada Island, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 313 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Pas de Calais, France

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The CANADIAN CEMETERY No. 2 is about 2.5 kilometres north of the village of Neuville-St. Vaast. The village is about 6 kilometres north of Arras and 1 kilometre east of the main road from Arras to Bethune. The cemetery is on a spur road turning left from the road to Givenchy-en-Gohelle, about 1 kilometre south of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Group photo– He is standing beside his beloved sister Ethel, and friend Jack Abrams, all of Texada Isalnd, BC.
  • Paying respects– My would-be great Uncle, Tom Raper, was a teenager from Van Anda, B.C., when he went off to World War I in a spirit of adventure.  When his sister, my great Aunt Ethel died about 20 years ago at 94 years old, we found several letters he had written from his training and then from the Front.  She had saved them all these years and through several moves.  
Two years ago, my younger son and I travelled to Vimy and paid tribute to him in visiting his grave and the Vimy memorial.  My cousin's son has just returned from his second visit there.  Young Tom is not forgotten.
  • Grave Marker– The grave marker at the Canadian Cemetery No. 2 is located on the grounds of Canada's Vimy Memorial. The cemetery is about 6 kilometres north of Arras, France. May he rest in peace. (John & Anne Stephens 2013)
  • Canadian Cemetery No 2– Canadian Cemetery No. 2 - The Canadian Cemetery No. 2 is located on Vimy Ridge and is part of the grounds of Canada's Vimy Memorial. The cemetery is about 6 kilometres north of Arras, France.(John & Anne Stephens 2013)

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