Country France
Region Pas de Calais
Total identified casualties 11242 Find these records
Casualties from First World War

The Vimy Memorial overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge. Located north of Arras in France, the Vimy Memorial is Canada’s largest overseas National Memorial. It commemorates more than 11,000 men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force killed during the First World War in France and who have no known grave. Many of them died in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

As part of an Allied offensive, a major attack was planned in the area of Arras, France. In this attack, the Canadians would be tasked with capturing Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

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  • The Vimy Memorial is Canada’s largest overseas National Memorial to remember Canadians who died in France and Belgium
  • It commemorates more than 11,000 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force killed during the First World War in France, who have no known grave
  • France granted 107 hectares of land to Canada to build the Vimy Memorial
  • It was designed by Canadian sculptor Walter Seymour Allward
  • The memorial was unveiled on 26 July 1936 by King Edward VIII
  • On 9 April 2017, a day of ceremonies was held at the memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
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The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought from 9 to 12 April 1917. Many consider it a turning point in Canadian history, where the four Canadian divisions fought together

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The grounds around the memorial are open to the public year round and visitors can also see preserved First World War trenches and tunnels. 

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