Today, April 9th – the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Today, April 9th, memorializes the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
                   Author Bill Streeter at Vimy Ridge
It was a three-day battle, from April 9th to 12th, 1917, made famous by the heroic efforts of the Canadian Army.
The battle took place on the ridge near Nord-Pas-de-Calais in France.
It is also a day to remember Donald McIntyre a 34-year-old Port Elgin man who died that day at Souchez at the North West end of the ridge.  At the time of his death, his widowed mother, Mary, was living in Port Elgin.
He was a member of the 54th Battalion out of Calgary where he had enlisted in October 1915.  He was a railroad man.
He is buried in the Canadian Cemetery #2 in Pas-de-Calais, France.  May He Rest In Peace.

The map is an excellent picture of the ridge and Souchez is in the upper left corner.

   For larger view, Click on Image


          Port Elgin Cenotaph – for             larger view, Click on Image