Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Duncan

In memory of:

Private William Duncan

November 7, 1914

Military Service


Service Number:

7640

Age:

32

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Division:

2nd Bn.

Additional Information


Son of John and Elizabeth Duncan, of Malin, Co. Donegal; husband of Martha Duncan, of 509, Home St., Winnipeg, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 565 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL
Belgium

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

The Ploegsteert Memorial stands in Berks Cemetery Extension, which is located 12.5 kilometres south of Ieper town centre, on the N365 leading from Ieper to Mesen (Messines), Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg (N336). 3.5 kilometres along the N336 lies a fork junction with the N365. The N365, which forms the right hand fork, leads to the town of Mesen. The Cemetery lies 3 kilometres beyond Mesen on the right hand side of the N365, and opposite Hyde Park Corner Royal Berks Cemetery. The Memorial commemorates over 11,000 men who have no known grave. They fought throughout the War on Belgian soil beside French troops, and died in France or Belgium when the frontier was of little interest in this area in which trench warfare lasted longest. The Memorial is a covered circular colonnade, 20 metres across and 11 metres high, enclosing an open space, and is entered by an opening between two stone lions. The names of the dead are carved on panels set in the walls of the colonnade. They belonged to thirty-six different Divisions and to a hundred Regiments; of these Regiments the Rifle Brigade with 559 names, the Northumberland Fusiliers with 535 and the Durham Light Infantry with 444 claim the largest individual shares.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of WILLIAM DUNCAN– 1911. William Duncan. Taken in Winnipeg Manitoba.
  • Newspaper clipping– THE CALGARY DAILY HERALD 18 DECEMBER 1914
  • Memorial
  • Memorial Inscription
  • Inscription
  • Cemetery– William DUNCAN is remembered on a family headstone in the graveyard at Malin Presbyterian Church, on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, Ireland. In the distance, across Trawbreaga Bay, can be seen the twin hills of Coolcross and Crockaughrim.
  • Grave Marker– William DUNCAN is remembered on a family headstone in the graveyard at Malin Presbyterian Church, on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, Ireland.
He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge 325 Winnipeg and is noted on their website as "believed to be the 1st Orangeman from Canada to die in the Great War".
  • Grave Marker– William DUNCAN is remembered on a family headstone in the graveyard at Malin Presbyterian Church, on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, Ireland.
He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge 325 Winnipeg and is noted on their website as "believed to be the 1st Orangeman from Canada to die in the Great War".

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