On September 1st, 2018, this signpost will be erected on the Arras-Cambrai highway at Vis-en- Artois in France.  In 1918, 7000 Canadian soldiers died along this road. They were buried in small cemeteries on each side of the road.

Le 1e septembre 2018, cette pancarte sera affichée sur la route Arras-Cambrai à Vis-en-Artois.  En 1918, 7000 soldats canadiens sont morts le long de cette route.  Ils reposent dans de petits cimitières qui existent de chaque côté de la route.

On September 2nd, 2018 the roundabout at Haucourt in France, on the Arras-Cambrai road (Canada’s Highway of Heroes) will be named ‘Round-about of the Seven Victoria crosses’ in honour of the seven Canadian soldiers who earned the Victoria Cross on September 2, 1918. B Hutchison, J Young, C Nunney, A Knight, W Rayfield, W Metcalf, C Peck. Two were American citizens. PECK was a sitting member of the Canadian Parliament.

Le 2 septembre 2018, le rond-point à Haucourt, sur la route Arras-Cambrai (La voie sacrée du Canada) sera baptisé “Rond-point des Sept Victoria Cross” pour les 7 soldats Canadiens qui se sont merité la Croix de Victoria le 2 septembre 1918.  B HUTCHESON, J YOUNG, C NUNNEY, A KNIGHT, W METCALF, C PECK, W RAYFIELD, dont deux étaient citoyens américains.  Peck était un membre du Parlement canadien.  Nunney étais à Vis, Hutchison et Young à Dury,  Rayfield et Knight à Villers, Peck et Metcalfe à Cagnicourt.

Mark Zuehlke’s Canadian Battle Series Article April 24 at 4:41pm · Ottawa ·



here is the interesting part….

Pte JF Young was a Stretcher Bearer with the 87th Bn CEF. His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Victoria Cross to: – No. 177239 Pte. John Francis Young, 87th Bn., Quebec R. For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack at Dury-Arras sector on the 2nd September 1918, when acting as a stretcher-bearer attached to “D” Company of the 87th Bn., Quebec Regiment. This company in the advance over the ridge suffered heavy casualties from shell and machine-gun fire. Pte. Young, in spite of the complete absence of cover, without the least hesitation went out, and in the open fire-swept ground dressed the wounded. Having exhausted his stock of dressings, on more than one occasion he returned, under intense fire, to his company headquarters for a further supply. This work he continued for over an hour, displaying throughout the most absolute fearlessness. To his courageous conduct must be ascribed the saving of the lives of many of his comrades. Later, when the fire had somewhat slackened, he organised and led stretcher parties to bring in the wounded whom he had dressed. All through the operations of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th September Pte. Young continued to show the greatest valour and devotion to duty.


London Gazette, 13 December 1918. [1] Capt. BS Hutcheson was a Medical Officer with the 75th Bn CEF His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Victoria Cross to: – Capt. Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson, Can. A. Med. Corps, attached. 75th Bn., 1st Central Ontario R. For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on September 2nd, when under most intense shell, machine-gun and rifle fire, he went through the Queant-Drocourt Support Line with the battalion. Without hesitation and with utter disregard of personal safety he remained on the field until every wounded man had been attended to. He dressed the wounds of a seriously wounded officer under terrific machine-gun and shell fire, and, with the assistance of prisoners and of his own men, succeeded in evacuating him to safety, despite the fact that the bearer party suffered heavy casualties. Immediately afterwards he rushed forward, in full view of the enemy, under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, to tend a wounded sergeant, and, having placed him in a shell-hole, dressed his wounds. Captain Hutcheson performed many similar gallant acts, and, by his coolness and devotion to duty, many lives were saved. — London Gazette, 14 December 1918. [3]

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