Walsingham soldier remembered 102 years later
A local soldier was recognized recently during a remembrance ceremony at the giant Vimy Memorial in France.
Lance Corp. J. Lorne Bowyer, 22, of South Walsingham, died Aug. 15, 1917, during the battle for Hill 70.
“He was one of 29 Norfolk soldiers who died that day,” the Norfolk Remembers website says in a brief write-up on Bowyer.
“For Norfolk, the battle was the deadliest day of combat in our history. They held a service in his memory in the Presbyterian Church in Walsingham two weeks later. The turnout was beyond the capacity of the church.”
Remembrance ceremonies are held at the Vimy Memorial each year on the weekend before Nov. 11. Canadian soldiers stationed in Europe do their best to attend.
“It gives us an opportunity to hold services to honour Canada’s war dead, especially to those who have no known grave,” Warrant Officer Brent Schriner, who is stationed in Germany, said in an email from the Canadian Heroes Foundation.
“Their names are on the memorial – over 11,000 names of soldiers known but to God.”
The services at the Vimy Memorial bring together members of the Royal Canadian Legion in Europe Command Branches 003 and 005.
“The service is attended by some descendants of the French forces who lost loved ones in the battle of Vimy, as well as the French military and school children,” Schriner says.
The ceremonies are hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Parks Canada and associated organizations.