Thursday, November 11, 2010

Walter Seymour Allward and the Vimy Ridge Memorial

Walter Allward took eleven years to create the magnificent Vimy Ridge Memorial Statue in France. It was quite possibly his most magnificent statue.

The memorial took monument designer Walter Seymour Allward eleven years to build. King Edward VIII unveiled the memorial on 26 July 1936, in the presence of French President Albert Lebrun, 50,000 or more Canadian and French veterans, and their families. Following an extensive multi-year restoration, Queen Elizabeth II rededicated the memorial on 9 April 2007 during a ceremony commemorating the 90th anniversary of the battle. The memorial site is one of two National Historic Sites of Canada located outside of Canada and is maintained by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Picture credit: Statue at the Vimy Memorial
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John F. Mould fonds
Reference Code: F 954
Archives of Ontario,

Picture Credit of Robert Allward.
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1 comment:

  1. My grandfather, Andrew Malcolm Millar (known to everyone as "Art" ) fought and was wounded at Vimy Ridge. He lied about his age to get into the army...only 17. He is the grandfather I mentioned as having sat with me to show me how to oil paint when I was a kid. He died at age 75 from lung cancer, a result of learning to be a chain smoker from those days in the trenches, unfortunately.


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