Harold Robertson Kissack (1882 - 12 Aug 1918)

Initials: H R
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.)
Age: 40
Date of Death: 12/08/1918
Service No: 552022
Additional information: Son of the late Very Rev. Canon and Mrs. Kissack, of Ballaugh Rectory, Isle of Man. A former member of the R.N.W.M.P. Sheriff at Pincher Creek, Alberta.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Country: France
Locality: Pas de Calais
Visiting Information: The land for the battlefield park was "the free gift in perpetuity of the French nation to the people of Canada". Eleven thousand tonnes of concrete and masonry were required for the base of the memorial and 5,500 tonnes of "trau" stone were brought from Yugoslavia for the pylons and the sculptured figures. Construction of the massive work began in 1925, and 11 years later, on 26 July 1936, the monument was unveiled by King Edward VIII. In the park around the memorial are restored and preserved trenches and tunnels. It is recommended by the Visitors Centre at Vimy that visitors wishing to view the tunnels should pre-book tours. To make a booking, please contact The Interpretation Centre at Vimy: Tel: 03 21 58 19 34, Fax: 03 21 58 58 34. Visitors who turn up without pre-booking will still be able to view the tunnels, but on very busy days this could mean a long wait.
Location Information: The Vimy Memorial overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted.
Historical Information: On the opening day of the Battle of Arras, 9 April 1917, the four divisions of the Ca nadian Corps, fighting side by side for the first time, scored a huge tactical victory in the capture of the 60 metre high Vimy Ridge. After the war, the highest point of the ridge was chosen as the site of the great memorial to all Canadians who served their country in battle during the First World War, and particularly to the 60,000 who gave their lives in France. It also bears the names of 11,000 Canadian servicemen who died in France - many of them in the fight for Vimy Ridge - who have no known grave. The memorial was designed by W S Allward.
No. of Identified Casualties: 11167

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Manx Notebook - > killed on 12th August, 1918. ? Son of the late Rev. Canon Kissack, Rector of Ballaugh; brother of Mrs. Teare, Ballaneddin, Ballaugh; and nephew of Miss Kissack, " Cronk-ma-Chree," Port St. Mary.

We can see Harold in 1906 as a Policeman in Canada (1906 Census) and have his attestion pappers as he joined up for the 'war to end all wars'