#100DaysofVimy – March 7th, 2017

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

Vimy Ridge Armoury, Lethbridge AB.

In 2001, the Canadian Forces armoury at Kenyon Field, Lethbridge County Airport was renamed the Vimy Ridge Armoury. Occupied today by the 20th Independent Field Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery, the Vimy Ridge Armoury was dedicated to the members of the 20th and 39th Batteries, Canadian Field Artillery, for the role they had in the Battle for Vimy Ridge. Both Batteries were mobilized and recruited from the volunteers of Lethbridge and surrounding towns of Alberta.

In commemoration of the centennial, the Galt Museum in Lethbridge, Alberta has launched its own exhibit: “Perpetuating the Memory of Vimy“.

The 20th Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, departs from Lethbridge by train to Camp Sewell, Manitoba, in 1915.
Courtesy: Galt Museum, Accession Number 19981035043.

Behind the lines at the Canadian Corps Horse Show, 20th Battery gunners and Divisional Train transport troops “wrestle on horseback”, Reninghelst, Belgium, 1916. The Div. Train troops were declared the victors.
Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-000391.