MONK, George

Removed from Wingham as not on stone, placed in none, should be on cenotaph

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
London, Ontario
Original Unit
Regimental Number
Date of Death
Age at Death
23 years 11 months
Biographical Summary

DIVISIONAL UNIT:        3rd Canadian Infantry Division
                                             7th Infantry Brigade
                                             Royal Canadian Regiment
                                             Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO:                   401207
RESIDENCE:                    London - Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH:            April 30, 1893
                                             Wingham – Turnberry Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH:           April 9, 1917                        23 years     11 months     
MEMORIAL:                    Vimy Memorial – Vimy –
                                             Pas de Calais – France
PARENTS:                         Mr. John and Annie Monk – Wingham - Ontario
Occupation:                        Molder                                  Religion:     Wesleyan
Enlistment:                         July 20, 1915 – London – into the 33rd Battalion of London
Enlistment Age:                 22 years     3 months

Private Monk left Canada on the S.S. Lapland and arrived in England on March 26, 1916. He then transferred to the Royal Canadian Machine Gun Section after his arrival in England. 
At some point between the end of March 1916 and early May he transferred to The Royal Canadian Regiment and went overseas into France on May 7, 1916 and then joined his unit in the field at the end of May 1916.
Private Monk was involved in the attack upon Vimy Ridge on April 9th and was lying in a shell hole to the west of Vimy waiting for a barrage to lift. Some shells landed nearby and Private Monk was killed from the concussion of those falling shells.
The Royal Canadian Regiment on April 9th had the following casualties – 50 men killed, 159 men wounded and 65 missing.
The day was wet and cold. In the morning it was raining.
The Regiment was to advance on La Folie Ridge from the junction of the track including Britt Trench. The objective was to assault and capture portions of Artilleries Weg, Feather and Famine Trenches. The final objective was the junction of Artillerie Weg and Brit Trench to Ecole Commune inclusive.