#100DaysofVimy – January 24, 2017

Each Tuesday, we will feature a place in Canada (or international!) with a Vimy Ridge connection. Today we highlight Vimy Ridge Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Recruited and mobilized in Winnipeg, the 44th Battalion (Manitoba) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force was sent to France in August 1916. Immediately after the Battle of Vimy Ridge, surviving members of the battalion erected a monument on the ridge itself in 1917. After the war, in 1924, the 44th Battalion Association and the families of fallen soldiers brought the monument to Winnipeg, where it stands today in Vimy Ridge Park.

 

The 44th Battalion monument on the battlefield of Vimy Ridge some time after 1917.  Photo: National Archives of Australia, M5107, 8363910; RV Morse
The 44th Battalion monument on the battlefield of Vimy Ridge some time after 1917. Photo: National Archives of Australia, M5107, 8363910; RV Morse.