Allward: Bringing Stone to Life

Discover the 15 plaster models that tell the story of Allward’s creative process in creating the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

Located on Vimy Ridge in the commune of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial is Canada's largest memorial to the fallen of the First World War. The monument, which took 15 years to build, was designed by Canadian sculptor Walter S. Allward, and remains an important Canadian work of art. The artist used life-size models to create the sculptures that are positioned on the Vimy Memorial, and our project aims to explore his work and its place in Canadian history and art through these maquettes.

Allward: Bringing Stone to Life

An Immersive Experience

Experience Walter S. Allward's thought process and creative reasoning behind Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Through the digital exhibition, explore the maquettes that paved the way to the final monument in France. The collection of sculptures are scanned into 3D models, allowing you to explore at your own pace all its intricate details and craftsmanship. Engage with each maquette up close, zoom in to learn the profound narratives woven into the work, or step back to admire its grandeur.

Allward: Bringing Stone to Life



Centennial Benches

Thank you to our generous sponsors whose contributions helped shaped the Centennial Park.

In grateful memory of the men of the 13th, 42nd and 73rd Battalions C.E.F. who valiantly fought here in 1917.

Perpetuated by: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

In memory of all soldiers who served and gave their lives for our freedom. Fasken

The Government of Ontario is proud to pay tribute to the Canadians heroes who bravely fought to preserve our values and freedoms. We are forever grateful for their service and sacrifice.

In memory of: Donald Wilfred Machum 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles 1895 – 1966 Donald Alexander Machum 1927 – 2007

10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders “The Fighting 10th”

The Graham & Gayle Cooke Foundation Vancouver, Canada

In loving memory of grandfather Pte. Hugh MacDougall, 1/1st Lovat’s Scouts Yeomanry Wounded at Gallipoli, Sept., 1915. Je Suis Prest.

In memory of Helen Allen Stacey who connected thousands of needy children with adoptive parents and Col. C.P. Stacey, professor and official historian of the Canadian Army in the Second World War.

Remembered by their loving families and friends.

The Province of Alberta

remembers those Albertans who served their country in the First World War, and subsequent wars.

The Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation

In Memory of Lieutenant Leslie Miller

Rocky Mountain Rangers 172 Battalion Kamloops BC Canada Hon. Lt. Col. T.D.F. Newell

Karen Girling, Bruce MacLellan, Ally and Sara,

in memory of those who served.

The Government of Nova Scotia commemorates Nova Scotians who served, and continue to serve Canada.

We shall never forget their service and sacrifice.

John and Pattie Cleghorn and Family

The gift of The Peter Cundill Foundation on behalf of F Peter Cundill 1938-2011;

a great Canadian, whose deep understanding of history afforded him a profound appreciation of the valour and the gritty determination displayed by his countrymen at Vimy.

In memory of their valour and their bravery.

The people of Manitoba, Canada will never forget the many who fought and died for our freedom.

In dedication to the brave men and women who fought for freedom at Vimy Ridge

On behalf of Husky Injection Molding Systems

Miner Family Canada

Asseyez-vous. Enjoy the view of freedom they would insist. John Adie RFA 1914-18.

Hamilton Academy of Medicine in support of Docs on Ice

Gift of the Rossy Foundation

New Brunswick Remembers

Donated by the Province of New Brunswick


Centennial Trees

We would like to thank our generous donors who helped bring this memorial to life with their kind contributions.

Le 22e Régiment, le Régiment de Maisonneuve, les Fusiliers Mont-Royal

Industrial Alliance

From the Capern Walimaki Family

In loving memory of our ancestors who sacrificed for us all.

The Kelsall Family

In honour of Corporal Samuel Lester Kelsall 58th Battalion 9th MGC 3rd Division

The Men and Women of Operation Guardian Force who care for and Remember our Veterans

The Boquist Family

In memory of Andrew Powell

Matt and Erin Giffen & Family

LCol William and Carolyn Patton

In memory of LT T.J. Taylor, Cpl R. Anderson, and Pte W. Coolen

The Cadets of the Eastern Arctic.

Thank you for your Gift of Freedom.

Robert Quartermain

Barry & Elizabeth A. Peacock

In memory of Robert Charles Peacock

The Fraser Family

In memory of Frederick Thomas Lodge & John (Jack) Fraser

Flinker Family

The Dalglish Family

Randy & Carolyn Peek & Family

In memory of Capt Frank Edgar Hamblin, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles

Ken and Dianne Griffith & Family

Harold S. Hadley & Claudia J. Kennedy

The Wood Family

in memory of Flight Lieutenant John Harvie Wiley

Shannon Family

in loving memory of of our grandfather Wilfrid J. Fagan

La Municipalité régionale de Halifax est honorée de soutenir le maintien du legs des chênes de Vimy.

The Men and Women of the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service / Les hommes et les femmes du Service de l’aumônerie royale canadienne

Donnelly Automotive Group, Ottawa

In memory of soldiers of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry who paid the supreme sacrifice 9-12 April 1917

Honour – Courage – Sacrifice / Royal Canadian Navy

Mr. & Mrs. S. Mehta, Mississauga, ON

In memory of our beloved servicemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Requiescat in pace.

Costigan family

In memory of Major John Francis Costigan, 50th Battalion infantry. April 4th 1917 Canada.

Irene Topits

The Wyant Family

in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon M. Wyant, OC, CD, QHP

In loving memory of our angel Barbara (Glica) Sweeney 1957 – 2019. You live in our hearts.

The MFL Jaques Family

In loving memory of Lieutenant Maurice Alexander Jaques, lost Sept 3, 1916

Alan Greenberg, Darcia Rowntree and Families

Robert C. Douglas and Joanne R. Sutherland

In Honour of James R. Sutherland Sr. 44th Bn(Manitoba)

The Shanahan Carriage Company

in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel John H. Chipman, MC, VD

We remember Jack and Fred Evans, brothers from Parkland, Alberta, who died at the Somme in Nov. 1916

Amelia & Lino Saputo Jr. Foundation

The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, The Royal Regiment of Canada, and the 48th Highlanders of Canada

salute their perpetuated CEF battalions – 3rd, 15th, 58th, 83rd, 92nd, 95th, 123rd, 124th, 134th, 166th, 170th, 198th, 204th and 255th. We will remember them!

Mike Stollery Automotive Partnerships

In honour of Private G. R. Mowforth

Pembcorp Automotive Group

Ainslie Hogan and sons

A.Coburn & D.Auringer families

In memory of Thomas Wilson, 196th Battalion CEF

For Brave Valentine, with Love The Hyatt Family

In memory of Bill and Joan Livingston

Craig, Debois, Isaacs, Mierins, Tilgner, Warner.

Remembering Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives For Ours

The Clarke Family

To honour ARLINGTON CLARKE and the many brave Canadians who fought at Vimy Ridge.

The Glover Family

honours Sergeant Winfred (Fred) Alexander Glover, 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry

The Knights and Dames of the Order of St. George Canada.

We Will Remember You.

The Mews Family

In memory of Lieutenant Henry (Harry) George Reginald Mews

Joseph L. Campbell and Joan Miller-Campbell

The Burton Family

In memory of Graham Burton

Royal Military Colleges of Canada, Class of 1973.

Truth, Duty, Valour / Vérité, Devoir, Vaillance

The Ritz & Hunt families

in memory of Pte Harry Franklin Ritz (78th Bn)

The Croxon Family

Landscape Ontario

Karen Miller and Gerald McDonnell


Maureen Bianchini Purvis, Randall Purvis, Sara McNeill, Keely Yates, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Dedicated on behalf of the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation, to all that rest upon this sacred Canadian land in France. We encourage all and especially, the world’s youth, to gaze upon its beauty and understand that the oak tree is a symbol of Bravery, Power, Protection and Truth. Please remember their sacrifices and the strength it took to defend us. We hope all will make a pledge, when they stand before it, to remember. May they be commemorated forever and our gratitude infinite. Peace be with you.

Ian & Christie Gray Family, Port Credit Ontario

Honouring the sacrifices of University of Toronto students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Bain Family

In memory of Pvt William Arthur Wilcox, 15th Bn, lost at Festubert, France May 21, 1915

Courage Remembered – In loving memory of G. Kingsley Ward and Adele E. Ward

Graham Campbell & Rachel St. John

Shan & Rav Rupnarain, Edmonton, Alberta

“But honor the sacred mem’ry / Of those who for honor tried” Frank S. Brown, The Pats, 1915.

TAO Asset Management

The family of Pte. Thomas Lloyd Smith – April 27, 1917, Vimy Ridge

Robert Francis

The Kelleher Family

In memory of Dr. W.R. Harwood

Tattersall family and Heathbridge Capital Management

We will remember them. Forever grateful, the Tattersall family and Heathbridge Capital Management

The Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation

In Memory of Lieutenant Leslie Miller

The Galt Family.

In memory of the brave souls who fought for our freedoms. We owe you immeasurable Gratitude.

In Memory of General Sir Arthur Currie

The Vickers Family

in memory of Gunner Arthur Vickers and Private Arthur Fordham


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