Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Frank Donald Aish

In memory of:

Private Frank Donald Aish

April 9, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

645266

Age:

19

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

54th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

October 22, 1897

Commemorated on Page 189 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

GIVENCHY ROAD CANADIAN CEMETERY
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

A. 28.

Location:

The Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery at Neuville-St Vaast is a small cemetery situated in the compound of the Vimy Memorial Park which contains the Vimy Memorial. The village of Neuville-St Vaast is in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, approximately 8 kilometres north of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The cemetery is approximately 260 metres past Canadian Cemetery No.2 following the one-way system to rejoin the avenue leading back to the main road. The cemetery contains the graves of soldiers all of whom fell on the 9th April, 1917, or on one of the four following days. The cemetery covers an area of 849 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall. The numerous groups of graves made about this time by the Canadian Corps Burial Officer were, as a rule, not named but serially lettered and numbered. This cemetery was originally called CD 1.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave Marker– RIP Private Frank Aish!
Thank you for your sacrifice.
God Bless.
  • Grave Marker– F D Aish Died during the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. He was enlisted less than three months. The CanadianGreatWarProject website lists Master Aish as 19. His headstone puts him at a mere 16. He was adopted and was 5'4". Never voted, likely never kissed a girl. On April 9, 1917 at 5:30 AM the whistle blew, Frank Aish went "over the top" into the teeth of a driving sleet storm.  

It all my time spent photographing Canda's history in the Great War along the Western Front young Aish's burial site affected me as no other. To quote Rev Geoffrey Mann "a legacy of how easy it is to destroy what we have grown".

May God have mercy on his soul.
  • Grave Marker– Photo taken at 90th Anniversary of Vimy.  Photo taken by Tracey Measures
  • Grave Marker
  • Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery– The Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery, located on the grounds of the Vimy Memorial Park on Vimy Ridge, just outside of Neuville-St Vaast, France.(J. Stephens)

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