Canadian Virtual War Memorial

George Walter Nation

In memory of:

Lieutenant George Walter Nation

July 25, 1916

Military Service


Age:

21

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

Division:

7th Bn.

Additional Information


Son of Frederick and Abigail Geach Nation, of Union Club, Victoria, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 141 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

VI. C. 9.

Location:

RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND (Transport Farm) is located 2 Km south east of Ieper town centre, on the Komenseweg, a road connecting Ieper to Komen (N336). From Ieper town centre the Komenseweg is located via the Rijselsestraat, through the Rijselpoort (Lille Gate) and crossing the Ieper ring road, towards Armentieres and Lille. The road name then changes to Rijselseweg. 1 Km along the Rijselseweg lies the left hand turning onto Komenseweg. The cemetery itself is located 1.2 Km along the Komenseweg on the right hand side of the road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of George Walter Nation– image from an oil painting by Hal Hurst painted in England and framed in Montreal in the 1920's by Scott, most likely commissioned by the family
  • Memorial– The family marker for the family of George Walter Nation.  It is located in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, British Columbia.  The photograph was taken in the spring of 2009.

The following is a transcription from the 7th Battalion's war diary for the day Lt. Nation lost his life:

  Quiet all day.  10 p.m.  Enemy exploded a large mine in BLUFF SECTOR.   
   Our machine gun fire & artillery barrage effective in preventing enemy     leaving his trenches.  No 1 Coy immediately occupy and consolidate crater.  Between 11 p.m. & midnight Bn is relieved by 4th Bn & move to DOMINION LINES.

Photo courtesy of Bob Penhale.
  • Inscription– The detail on the family marker belonging to the Nation family.
  • Grave Marker– From the "BAWTREE IVAN L COLLECTION" at the Imperial War Museum. An unidentified photograph with "No Description Available" but clearly the original grave marker of the deceased (http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205343816).
  • Railway Dugouts Burial Ground– The Railway Dugouts Burial Ground Cemetery, located approximately 3 kilometres to the south of Ieper, Belgium. May they rest in peace. (J. Stephens)
  • Inscription
  • Grave marker– The grave marker at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground Cemetery located approximately 3 kilometres to the south of Ieper, Belgium. May he rest in peace. (J. Stephens 2010)
  • Grave Marker– Grave marker ... Railway Dugouts Burial Ground … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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