DIVISIONAL UNIT: 2nd Canadian Infantry Division
4th Infantry Brigade
18th Battalion - Western Ontario
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 654805
RESIDENCE: Gorrie – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: August 2, 1896
Fordwich - Howick Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: August 27, 1918 22 years
CEMETERY: Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension – Aubigny-en-Artois –
Pas de Calais – France.
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PARENTS: Mr. Alexander and Louise Graham – Gorrie – Ontario.
Occupation: Farming. Religion: Church of England.
Enlistment: Fordwich – May 10, 1916 – 161st Huron Battalion.
Enlistment Age: 20 years 9 months.
Private Graham and his comrades with the 161st Battalion arrived in England on November 11, 1916. He then goes to France on February 2, 1918 after being drafted by the 18th Battalion. He arrives at Canadian Base Depot in Etaples and joins his unit already in the field on March 15, 1918.
Lance Corporal Graham suffered a penetrating gunshot wound to his abdomen and he died from those wounds at No. 42 British Casualty Clearing Station - Mingoval.
The weather was fine with warm temperatures.
The Arras/Cambrai road was the left boundary and the Battalion with the support of the 20th Battalion who attacked Villers Cagnicourt and by noon Vis-en-Artois and the Senssee River / Valley had been reached. An outpost line had to be formed from Vis-en-Artois to the west bank of the river was formed because a scheduled artillery barrage did not happen.
Casualties were suffered from snipers and shell fire. Casualties this day were 10 killed and 150 wounded.
The Brigade continued the advance on August 27th and had a frontage from the light railway on the right to the Arras-Camerai road on the left and this was about 1,600 yards.
The 18th Battalion was on the left with the 20th Battalion in support. At mid-morning with the support of artillery the advance began and the Senssee River being the first objective was reached. Here, the enemy fire was intense and advancing against the enemy trenches (Olive, Ocean Works, Cable Trench) caused very severe casualties, so a line was established west of the Senssee and a bridgehead was made on the Arras-Cambrai Road. Enemy aircraft hindered the advance with machine gun fire and bombs.
During the night, the enemy artillery was extremely active and many casualties took place.
This is how our research indicates how Lance Corporal Graham fell in battle.