2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One while the month of April marks the 97th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This famous battle during was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps worked together as one formation during a battle and was successful in capturing it from the German army. It was fought in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France against divisions of the German Sixth Army. More than 10,000 Canadians were killed and wounded during the battle that occurred on April 9th until April 12th. A portion of the former Vimy Ridge battleground has been persevered as a memorial park and is home to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
This month we will look at an interesting artifact that belonged to a local Clarkson man who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917.