CWGC 100th Anniversary – Part VIII

“Canadians attending to a chum’s grave at the Front.”
Credit: W.I. Castle / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-000969.

In his annual report of 1926, Sir Fabian Ware, the founder and Vice-Chairman of the Imperial War Graves Commission, explained the reason behind maintaining the numerous, small, isolated Commonwealth cemeteries that are found across the battlefields of the First World War:

During the war certain authorized sites were selected, some close to the trenches, where the dead could be buried, and the soldiers were promised that, if they brought back their dead comrades to these, which they not infrequently did at the risk of their lives, they would rest there permanently undisturbed. This promise has been kept in all cases, except a few where the site originally selected has been found altogether unsuitable.” (Ward, Gibson, Courage Remembered, p. 49-50).

During our Vimy Pilgrimage Award program, great distances are covered in the effort to allow each student to visit the grave of a soldier they have researched.

If you know a student aged 14 – 17 years old, encourage them to apply today for our 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award and be part of the commemoration. Apply here:

The 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award is made possible by the sponsorship of Scotiabank, and by the continued support of Canada’s History.

Vimy Pilgrimage Award

Young Canadians, aged 14-17, who demonstrate a commitment to volunteer work through outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, and bravery are eligible to apply for the Vimy Foundation’s annual Vimy Pilgrimage Award. The Award is a fully-funded immersive educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort.

The 2018 program – scheduled for April 2-10 – will feature interactive education and visits to significant First World War sites, museums, cemeteries, historic battlefields, and memorials including the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. 20 youth from across Canada will be selected to explore our nation’s history abroad during the centennial year of the 1918 armistice.


The deadline to apply for the 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award has passed.

The selection process is currently underway and winners will be contacted by January 30, 2018.
All applicants will also be contacted via email by January 30, 2018

Information on the 2019 Vimy Pilgrimage award will be posted here in September, 2018.


Curious about past programs? Click here for the 2017 Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients.
Click here to view photos from the 2017 Vimy Pilgrimage Award program.

Additional questions? Email

Thank you to Scotiabank for their generous support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award. Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential, and has been investing in Canadian communities for 185 years.




Thank you to Air Canada for their support as a sponsor of the 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award.


Thank you to Canada’s History for their ongoing support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.