The Hill 70 Memorial Project

  • The Hill 70 Memorial is located in Loos-en-Gohelle, France, on land donated by French authorities.

    Photo: Col. Mark Hutchings

  • Former Canadian Governor General, the Right Honourable David Johnston, at the official opening of the Hill 70 Memorial Park on April 8, 2017.

    Photo: the Hill 70 Memorial Project

  • Map detailing Canadian attack on Hill 70.

    Photo: the Hill 70 Memorial Project

  • Enemy artillery shell exploding on Canadian positions at Hill 70.

    Photo: the Hill 70 Memorial Project

  • Dressing Canadian wounded during the Battle of Hill 70.

    Photo: the Hill 70 Memorial Project

BY THE NUMBERS

During the battle for Hill 70, more than 9,000 Canadian soldiers were injured and 1,877 died

6 Victoria crosses were awarded during this battle

1,877 maple leaves etched into the walkways in the Memorial Park to signify the number of Canadians who died in the battle

Honouring Canadian Valour during World War I

In August 1917, the Canadian soldiers fought with courage and under terrible conditions near the city of Lens to relieve pressure on the allied troops at Passchendaele. Demonstrating exceptional bravery and battlefield strategy, the Canadians not only took the hill, but also repelled no fewer than 21 German attempts to retake it over a four-day period. A century later a grateful nation has erected a monument to mark their battle to take and hold a key high ground in occupied France that would ultimately help the allies win the war. But the cost of victory was very high. More than 9,000 Canadian soldiers were injured and 1,877 died.

The Battle of Hill 70 Memorial Park feature an obelisk that signifies the enduring victory of the Canadian soldiers who fought there, a welcome centre at the site and an amphitheatre which serves as a gathering place for visitors and tour groups. Set into a pathway, 1,877 Canadian Maple Leaves, each representing a Canadian soldier who died helping achieve the victory at Hill 70, almost half of whom have no known grave.

We must never forget the sacrifice of entire generations of Canadians whose lives were given in the effort to defeat tyranny and oppression. The Hill 70 Monument now stands as a constant and elegant tribute to that sacrifice.

The efforts of the Hill 70 Memorial Foundation have shone a national and international spotlight on the courage and patriotism of thousands of Canadians soldiers who fought at Hill 70 and throughout the First World War.
Paul C. Genest
Senior Vice-President
Power Corporation

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