Arras, 1917

A German shell bursting in Arras during the battle. May, 1917.

A German shell bursting in Arras during the battle. May, 1917.
Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada (MIKAN no. 3403834)

The ruined Hotel de Ville at Arras. May, 1917.

The ruined Hotel de Ville at Arras. May, 1917.
Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada (MIKAN no. 3403817)

Victorious Canadians going out for a rest after 
the fighting on Vimy Ridge.

Victorious Canadians going out for a rest after the fighting on Vimy Ridge.
Credit: W.I. Castle / Library and Archives Canada / PA-001267 (MIKAN no. 3521924)

First World War

Date

9 April – 4 May 1917

Geographical parameters

No geographical parameters defined.

Context

A group honour incorporating the “Battle of Vimy Ridge”, the “First Battle of the Scarpe, 1917”, the “Second Battle of the Scarpe, 1917”, the “Battle of Arleux” and the “Third Battle of the Scarpe”, formally entitled “The Battles of Arras, 1917”, and itself being part of “The Arras Offensive (9 April - 15 May 1917)”.Footnote 1

Description

The Honour “Arras, 1917” was awarded to units of the British Empire involved in the offensive that began on 9 April 1917 and the successive battles that took place until 4 May 1917. Within this honour three further individual honours were awarded. The Honour “Vimy 1917” was awarded to all units involved in the northern part of the initial attack for the successful capture of the dominant geographical feature of Vimy Ridge. The Honour Arleux was awarded for the capture of this village by British and Canadians. The Honour “Scarpe, 1917” was awarded for the last part of the Arras offensive for successfully repulsing German counterattacks and for pushing the Germans lines further back from the area of Fresnoy at the beginning of May 1917.

Awarded to:

Currently serving units

Units on the Supplementary Order of Battle

  • 11th Field Squadron, RCE
    Award to The Lambton Regiment (GO 71/30)
  • 14th Canadian Hussars
    Award to the 14th Canadian Light Horse (GO 5/31)
  • 24th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Awards to the 54th Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF (GO 110/29) and The Kootenay Regiment (GO 110/29)
  • 26th Field Battery, RCA
    Award to The Lambton Regiment (GO 71/30)
  • 27th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Award to The Eastern Townships Mounted Rifles (GO 110/29)
  • 33rd Medium Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Award to The Frontenac Regiment (GO 71/30)
  • 48th Field Squadron, RCE
    Award to The Lambton Regiment (GO 71/30)
  • 50th Field Artillery Regiment (The Prince of Wales' Rangers), RCA
    Awards to the 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF (GO 123/29), The Peterborough Rangers (GO 110/29), and The Victoria and Haliburton Regiment (GO 71/30)
  • 118th Medium Battery, RCA
    Awards to the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion, CEF (GO 110/29) and The Manitoba Mounted Rifles (GO 5/31)
  • 202nd Field Battery, RCA
    Award to The Yorkton Regiment (GO 71/30)
  • The Royal Rifles of Canada
    Award to The Royal Rifles of Canada (GO 71/30)
  • The South Saskatchewan Regiment
    Awards to The Weyburn Regiment (GO 71/30) and The Saskatchewan Border Regiment (GO 71/30)
  • Victoria Rifles of Canada
    Awards to the 24th Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF (GO 110/29), the 60th Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF (GO 110/29) and The Victoria Rifles of Canada (GO 110/29)
  • The Winnipeg Grenadiers
    Awards to the 78th Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF (GO 110/29) and The Winnipeg Grenadiers (GO 110/29)

Disbanded Units

  • 2nd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, CEF
    Award to the 2nd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, CEF (GO 123/29)
  • 16th/17th (Reserve) Medium Battery, RCA
    Award to The Kenora Light Infantry (GO 71/30)
  • 107th Canadian Pioneer Battalion, CEF
    Award to the 107th Canadian Pioneer Battalion, CEF (GO 123/29)
  • The Manitoba Regiment
    Award to The Manitoba Regiment (GO 123/29)
  • McGill University Contingent (148th Bn., C.E.F.), The Canadian Officers' Training Corps
    Award to the McGill University Contingent (148th Bn., C.E.F.), The Canadian Officers' Training Corps (GO 136/32)
  • The Middlesex and Huron Regiment
    Award to The Middlesex Light Infantry (GO 71/30)
  • The North Alberta Regiment
    Awards to the 31st Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF (GO 110/29) and The North Alberta Regiment (GO 110/29)
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