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John Topping

In memory of:

Private John Topping

October 22, 1917

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)


47th Bn.

Additional Information


November 28, 1897

Son of John and Elizabeth Topping, of 5550, Yew St., Kerrisdale, British Columbia. Native of Preston, England.

Commemorated on Page 340 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

XXV. J. 17A.


Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is located about 12 kilometres west of Ieper town centre, on the Boescheepseweg, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre, the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching Poperinge, the N308 joins the left hand turning onto the R33, Poperinge ring road. The R33 ring continues to the left hand junction with the N38 Frans-Vlaanderenweg. 800 metres along the N38 lies the left hand turning onto Lenestraat. The next immediate right hand turning leads onto Boescheepseweg. The cemetery itself is located 2 kilometres along Boescheepseweg on the right hand side of the road. From Calais, take the motorway A16 signposted Dunkerque/Lille. At Dunkerque take the motorway signposted Lille/Ypres, the A25. Leave the motorway at Junction 13, the village of Steenvoorde. Follow the D948/N38 signposted Ieper/Poperinge. After approximately 8-10 kilometres Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery will be signposted off to the right.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– J. Topping  is commemorated on this cenotaph in Fort Langley, British Columbia
  • Cenotaph– Cenotaph at Ft. Langley British Columbia
  • Attestation Papers (Reverse)– Source: Library and Archives of Canada
  • Attestation Papers
  • Photo of LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY– Entrance to Lijessenthoek Mil. Cem.
  • Photo of LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY– J.Topping grave marker, (front row, centre). Sept 2011
  • Photo of LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY– Pvt.John Topping's grave marker. Sept 2011
  • Photo of JOHN TOPPING– Submitted in memory of the members of the 131st Battalion CEF. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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