Help Recover Our Vimy Heroes
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44 members of the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion, the Canadian Scottish, who died playing a heroic part in the April 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge, may still be buried in a temporary grave in mine crater CA40. These heroes deserve a proper burial. More

To see a video message from Norm Christie about the Vimy Heroes and an excerpt from his documentary The Missing, please click on the Play button in the centre of the image above.

On April 9, 1917 the Canadian Corps, 100,000 strong, attacked the German stronghold of Vimy Ridge. The Canadians drove the enemy from the Ridge and achieved the impossible. But the losses were heavy; 10,000 casualties, including 3600 dead.

In the face of withering machine gun fire, manoeuvering between the massive mine craters that lined No Man's Land, the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion, the Canadian Scottish, attacked, capturing all their objectives. 100 of the 600 men were either killed or later died of wounds.

Canadian burial squads followed the attack, burying the dead in temporary battlefield cemeteries, including mine craters. 44 of the dead of the Canadian Scottish were buried in a mine crater in No Man's Land, designated CA40.

After the war, exhumation squads exhumed 1000s of isolated graves, bringing them into permanent war graves cemeteries. CA40 was designated to be exhumed and moved to Nine Elms, but there is no evidence of any of the men from CA40 there.

Searching all the likely cemeteries in the Vimy region also revealed no evidence of the Canadian Scottish graves.

Military historian Norm Christie believes they remain where they were originally buried on the Vimy battlefield in 1917.

To give these heroes a proper burial we must first evaluate this dangerous battlefield using GPR and Electronic Analysis to pinpoint CA40.

To complete this process $110,000 is needed for:

  • an engineering team and equipment;
  • documenting the process;
  • compensating local farmers;
  • safety and security costs.

We hope you will help us by contributing to Help Recover Our Vimy Heroes.

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A book from CEF Books
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Select one of these books published by Norm Christie and CEF Books (more info on each title is available by clicking on Read More below):***Arms & the Maple Leaf***Best O’Luck***D-Day!***For Freedom & Honour?***I, That's Me***Letters of a Canadian Stretcher Bearer***Lights Out!***Mopping Up!***Only This***Prisoner 5-1-11***Shrieks & Crashes***Unknown Soldiers***Ypres: the Holy Ground of British Arms.
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A Recover Our Vimy Heroes t-shirt
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Get a t-shirt specially designed to commemorate the Recover Our Vimy Heroes campaign.
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$250
A documentary on DVD by Norm Christie
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Select one of these documentaries on DVD by Norm Christie (more info on each title is available by clicking on Read More below):***Battlefield Mysteries***In Korea***Lost Battlefields***Striking Back***The Secret Liberators.
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$400
A boxed set of King and Empire or King and Country
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Get a signed box set of Norm Christie's documentary series For King and Empire: Canada's Soldiers in the Great War or a signed box set of Norm's World War II series For King and Country.
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