The majority of the information on this page is taken from the the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, as well as the National Archives, from which WW1 regimental War Diaries were retrieved. The CWGC website lists all Commonwealth soldiers who have been killed WW1/2 along with the location of their grave, or memorial (if they have no known resting place).
In May 2023, Chris & Robyn Boar undertook a ‘pilgrimage’ to the WW1 Western Front in Belgium & France, along with a side trip to the Netherlands to visit the various graves and memorials to our fallen relatives who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Benjamin Utting – 78th Winnipeg Grenadiers.
Missing presumed killed 11th August 1918 in the French Village of Hallu.
Commemorated on the Canadian National War memorial at Vimy Ridge, France.
Great Granduncle to Chris & Richard Boar. Great Great Granduncle to Robyn/Dominic Boar.
Not related to Chris D. Boar (Everett).
Ben Utting was the brother of Chris & Richard Boar’s Great Grandmother, Christinia Utting. (Christinia must have suffered terribly as not only did she lose her brother in WW1, she also lost her son Arthur J Boar in WW2).
Ben signed up to join the war effort in December 1916. He wasn’t deployed to the Western Front until November 1917, meaning he (luckily) missed the Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele campaigns. Unfortunately he