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Canadian Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood) Memorial
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Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood) Memorial
For the Canadian participation in the Defence of Ypres between April and August, 1916 and commemoration of the Canadian dead of that period.
Location 50°50′5″N 2°56′48″E / 50.83472°N 2.94667°E / 50.83472; 2.94667Coordinates: 50°50′5″N 2°56′48″E / 50.83472°N 2.94667°E / 50.83472; 2.94667 near Ieper (formerly Ypres), Belgium
HERE AT MOUNT SORREL AND ON THE LINE FROM HOOGE TO ST. ELOI THE CANADIAN CORPS FOUGHT IN THE DEFENCE OF YPRES

APRIL - AUGUST 1916

The Canadian Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood) Memorial is a war memorial that commemorates the actions of the Canadian Corps in defending the southern stretches of the Ypres Salient between April and August 1916 including actions in battle at the St. Eloi Craters, Hill 62, Mount Sorrel and Sanctuary Wood. These battles marked the first occasion in which Canadian divisions engaged in planned offensive operations during the Great War. In those actions the Canadians reconquered vital high-ground positions that denied the Germans a commanding view of the town of Ypres itself.

The memorial is located beside Sanctuary Wood on the top of Mount Sorrel, which lies next to 'Hill 62' all of which the Canadians held or recaptured from the Germans during those offensive operations in early June 1916. The British Official History of the war recorded "The first Canadian deliberately planned attack in any force, had resulted in an unqualified success."[1]

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Site Selection

The Canadian Battlefield Monument Commission established after the Great War was appointed to select the location and design of the memorials to commemorate the Canadian participation in the First World War. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial at Vimy Ridge was selected as the national memorial site and seven other locations at Hill 62, St. Julien and Passchendaele in Belgium, as well as Le Quesnel, Dury, Courcelette and Bourlon Wood in France were chosen to commemorate significant battles the Canadian Expeditionary Force had engaged in. Each of the seven sites were to have an identical granite block inscribed with a brief description of the battle in both English and French.

Description & Location

The Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood) Memorial site is located a few minutes east of Ieper, Belgium at the end of the Canadalaan (Canada Lane) which runs south off of the N8 road to Menen. The memorial park is made up of a beautiful series of three terraced gardens leading up the hillside to the grey granite block monument in a grassed circle on a low flagstone terrace at the top.

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