Vimy artifacts donated to Canadian War Museum

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A Vimy Ridge grave marker and a ventriloquist puppet were donated to the Canadian War Museum on November 7, in a formal ceremony at NDHQ.

The grave marker is the original wood cross placed at the burial site of Private John Ferman Ashe. Pte Ashe, born in New Brunswick in 1891, enlisted in the military in April 1916 before being sent overseas in July of that year. He was killed at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917.

Pte Willie Whitebone is the ventriloquist puppet of Sergeant Russ Whitebone, who served with the Canadian Army Show from 1942 until he left active service in 1946. A New Brunswick native, Sgt Whitebone entertained military personnel stationed at home and abroad.

Stephen Quick, Director General of the Canadian War Museum, accepted the donations of the First and Second World War artifacts from Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff.

The donations were presented by family members of the veterans associated with the artifacts.

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