Sunday, 9 April 2017

Canada 150 - Vimy Ridge

During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
Click on the Canada 150 label on the right or at the bottom to see all the posts.

Today I have for you...

 Vimy Ridge

All four divisions of the CEF took part in the attack on Vimy Ridge, so if you have an ancestor that was in the forces in April 1917, chances are he was at Vimy Ridge.

My grampa, Herbert James Mavor of Verdun QC was in the 42nd Battalion, but on the morning of the 9th of April he was appointed acting sergeant and attached to the 20th reserve. They opened fire at 5:30 am from around Zivy Cave.

Grampa's uncle James Mavor of Victoria BC was also at Vimy ridge. He was a Lieutenant with "A" company of the 2nd Mounted Rifles. James was wounded and out of commission for 4 days. He was wounded again at Passchendaele and that wound was so bad they had to amputate his forearm.

During the 90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, in 2007 the CEF Study Group undertook the "Vimy Project" by gathering all the war diaries for those days for each unit that participated in the attack on Vimy Ridge.. most are represented.

Beside each unit are the dates of the diaries and you have only to click on the date to see the diary for that day. If the name of the unit has 4 stars **** like that of the 42nd Battalion, that means there is a lot of information in that diary.

Relevant Links

CEF Study Group - Vimy Diaries - PDF

Vimy Memorial - Names of Canadians**
** Because the web page is .aspx copying the URL does not always save the page filled out. If this is the case: Under "Cemetery or Memorial" type Vimy Memorial, tick off served with "Canadian Forces", WAR - choose "First World War", and then on the green menu bar where it says Name, click on the down arrow to have them in alphabetic order A-Z, or the up arrow to order them from Z-A. 

War Diaries at old Collections Canada site (enter only unit name to get all listings)

Personnel records of First World War - LAC: records are digitized up to McLelland+

Abbreviations used in war records


  1. Fabulous find, thank you ever so much.

    1. The project makes it easier to find war diaries for that day, especially if you have ancestors in different units. Glad it helps you in your research.

  2. Going to look at this for sure when I get some time - busy summer day here:D I've been asked by the Hill 70 Facebook page if You have any photos, letter and whatever for my grand uncle, so as all I have is a photo of him, his records and the battalion he was with when he died maybe some more searching will find more....


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