Roland Donogh was killed at the battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I.  The following information is contained in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Web site.

In Memory of


1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regt.)
who died on
Thursday, 12th April 1917. Age 20.

Son of Alexander and Eliza Ann Hill Donogh, of Souris, Manitoba. Born in Griswold, Manitoba (not Ontario as stated in original CWGC)


Commemorative Information

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
VII. D. 12.
Location: La Chaudiere Military Cemetery is approximately 3 kilometres south of Lens and is situated on the north-western outskirts of Vimy.
Historical Information: Vimy Ridge, which gave its name to the battle of the 9th-14th April, 1917, rises across the Lens-Arras road, from North-West to South-East, and at the beginning of April, 1917, it faced the Canadian Corps front. It had been in May, 1916, the scene of heavy fighting in which the 25th and 47th (London) Divisions took part. On the 9th April, the four Canadian Divisions stormed the whole of the Ridge except the Northern end (Hill 145), and on the 10th, the success was completed. Vimy itself was occupied on the 13th April. The Cemetery was made at the foot of the Ridge, on the further (North-Eastern) side, next to a house which had contained a camouflaged German gun position. It remained very small until, in the summer of 1919, it was used, under the name of Vimy Canadian Cemetery No. 1, for the concentration of many other small graveyards and isolated graves made by the troops on or near the Ridge. Among the Cemeteries moved were Annapolis Cemetery (CC. 118, a group of 52 Canadian graves at the Bois de la Chaudiere); Sumack (or Gables) Cemetery (C.D. 19, close to Annapolis, containing 39 Canadian and 3 British graves); Chinook Cemetery (C.D. 31, on the Western side of the main road, 800 metres North of La Chaudiere, containing 33 Canadian and 6 British graves); the 38th Canadian Cemetery (C.D. 16, a little North-West of La Chaudiere, containing 16 Canadian graves and 7 of the 16th Royal Warwicks); and Avion British Cemetery (C.D. 33, or The Sandpits, a group of 20 Canadian and 3 British graves in the woods West of Avion); and among the isolated graves found were those of several men of the 8th Border Regiment who fell in the 1916 fighting. There are now 906 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war commemorated in this site. Of these, 314 are unidentified. Special Memorials are erected to 6 British and 3 Canadian soldiers, believed to be buried among them. Other Special Memorials record the names of 3 Canadians, whose graves in Sumack Cemetery were destroyed in subsequent fighting. The Cemetery covers an area of 3,004 square metres and is enclosed by a low stone wall.


            Roland's attestation papers



The Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial The trenches of Vimy Ridge as seen today
LA CHAUDIERE            
The grave of Roland Donogh
(White stone recoloured for readability)
Some of the Other Graves in the La Chaudiere Cemetery

For a Closer look at the Vimy Memorial and Grounds, Click Here

Roland is also listed with war casualties honoured with a memorial
in his home town of Griswold, Manitoba . Click for details

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