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Frank Bexon

In memory of:

Private Frank Bexon

November 6, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

138750

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

3rd Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

July 4, 1895
Diseworth, Leicestershire, England

Enlistment:

September 8, 1915
Toronto, Ontario

Son of William George and Sarah Kelham Bexon.

Commemorated on Page 201 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram December 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram December 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Obituary– An obituary of Private Bexon from a 1917 Toronto newspaper.
  • High Park Methodist Church– 1914 - 1918 Memorial Plaque for High Park Methodist Church, 260 High Park 
Ave., Toronto, Ontario.   The Memorial Plaque was unveiled in 1924 by 
Nursing Sister Pat Tuckett, and a Memorial Organ was presented by the 
Women's Association.   Those who died (38 names) are listed on the centre 
panel with the names of those who served on the side panels.   The first 
services at this location were held in October 1908.  The church  became 
High Park Avenue United Church in 1925, and High Park-Alhambra in 1970.
  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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