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 Vimy Memorial, Vimy, Arras, France

Vimy Memorial

The Memorial's two towering pylons and twice life-sized figures are built and carved from limestone brought from a quarry in Yugoslavia. It took eleven years to build the memorial and carve the figures in situ, individual "studios" being constructed around the stone blocks which were to form each group. The Memorial's designer was the Canadian sculptor and architect, Walter Seymour Allward. Standing on Hill 145, the highest point of the 14 kilometre-long Vimy Ridge, the Memorial overlooks the battlefield to the West, still pock-marked by countless shell-holes and mine-craters. The battlefield is still a dangerous place, and there are many signs warning visitors not to stray from the marked paths - there is still a very real danger from unexploded munitions under the ground.

Carved on the walls of the Memorial are the names of 11,285 Canadians missing in France from the Great War, and who have no known graves. (There are a further 6,994 names of Missing Canadians in Belgium, carved on the walls of the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, in Ypres, Belgium.) Within a 16-kilometre radius of the Memorial, over 7,000 Canadians are buried in 30 War Cemeteries. In all, 66,665 Canadians died in the Great War, either in battle or, later, dying of wounds received.


 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)

In Memory of
69131, 26th Bn., Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment)
who died age 33
on 30 September 1916
Son of Rodrick and Ephemia Darrah Campbell
Remembered with honour

Located    John Darrach CAMPBELL (d. 30 Sep 1916)