The Soldier's Cemetery
Buried with Honour
At the centre of the Regina Cemetery rest men and women who served their country at war overseas. Stemming largely from the initiative of Colonel James McAra who believed that “no veteran should be suffered to lie in obscurity”, city council set aside a suitable plot centering the north side of the cemetery. In 1920, the Soldiers’ Cemetery was officially opened.
The field guns at the gate of the Soldiers’ Cemetery are German pieces that were captured during the First World War. The famed elegant granite Cross of Sacrifice, donated by the Imperial War Graves Commission and designed by Sir Reginald Bloomfield, bears the epitaph, “THEIR NAME LIVETH FOREVERMORE”. The symmetrically arranged headstones bear the name, rank, serial number, unit, age of each soldier, and date of death. The stately evergreens and shrubbery surrounding the plot also lend beauty to this hallowed ground. The Regina Soldiers’ Cemetery remains one of the most attractive and impressive military burials in Canada.
The Regina Rifle Regiment was the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the Second World War. It received seven Distinguished Service Orders, seven Military Crosses / M.C., plus 61 other honours; and lost 458 men.
“When you go home tell them of us, and say for your tomorrow we gave our today.”
— Kohima Epitaph