McDiarmaid, M.C., M.I.D., Capt.(A./Maj.) Benjamin
CANTIMPRE CANADIAN CEMETERY
Grave Reference: A. I.
Location: The route to the Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery is signposted from the D939 at Raillencourt and is located 1 kilometre north of Sailly on the D140 on the left hand side of the road towards Sancourt. Sailly is a village in the Department of the Nord approximately 3 kilometres north-west of Cambrai just to the north of the main road from Arras to Cambrai (D939).
The "Marcoing Line," one of the German defence systems before Cambrai, ran from Marcoing Northward through Sailly to the West of Cantimpre and the East of the village of Haynecourt. The Cemetery at Cantimpre was originally called the Marcoing Line British Cemetery.
The Burial information and cemetery plan resource is copyright the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The first one created, and the largest of the Books, is the First World War Book which contains 66,655 names. This book is followed by the Second World War Book which contains 44,893 names.
It was on July
1, 1917 that Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden dedicated a
site in the Centre Block of the Houses of Parliament. He
said the new structure would be a "memorial to the
debt of our forefathers and to the valour of those
Canadians who, in the Great War, fought for the liberties
of Canada, of the Empire, and of humanity." And so
it was two years later that the Prince of Wales laid the
corner stone of "The Tower of Victory and
Peace" as it was originally known. The intention was
for all the names of the Canadian soldiers to be engraved
on the walls of the chamber, but it was soon realized
that there would not be enough space on the walls to
contain more than 66,000 names. So began the process of
brainstorming for a solution, which came from Colonel A.
Fortesque Duguid, DSO, who is credited with suggesting
the idea for a Book of Remembrance. The plan was accepted
and minor alterations were made to the chamber to
accommodate the Books. The Prince of Wales returned on
August 3, 1927 to unveil the altar; a gift from the
British Government upon which the Book of The First World
War would rest.