6 Artifacts that help tell the story of Vimy

June 16, 2017 by Legion Magazine

The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge by refurbishing its Vimy gallery and launching a new exhibition, Vimy—Beyond the Battle.

New artifacts, audio and video have been added to the Battle of Vimy Ridge section of Canadian Experience Gallery 2 to help visitors better understand the battle and its legacy. Vimy—Beyond the Battle runs until Nov. 12 and explores how and why Canadians commemorate through private and collective memories of Vimy, the First World War and more recent conflicts.

Pictured are some of the artifacts included in the two exhibitions.

Photos and text by Stephen J. Thorne 

The helmet Captain Thain MacDowell wore the day he earned his Victoria Cross at Vimy Ridge.
Cold-weather flying outfit, part of the permanent Vimy exhibit at the Canadian War Museum. William Barker’s uniform is immediately behind and to the left.

 

Private William Milne’s medals, including the VC he was awarded after he was killed at Vimy Ridge.

 

Pilot goggles worn by Lieutenant Harold Arthur Sydney Molyneux when he crashed at Vimy Ridge.

Dedications on a cross erected in July 1917 by members of the 13th Canadian Battalion at Nine Elms Military Cemetery in Thelus, France, are part of the Canadian War Museum exhibition Vimy—Beyond the Battle.

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