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Captain W.A.P. Durie 1879-1917

The extraordinary story of the repatriation of the remains of Canadian Captain William Arthur Peel Durie of Toronto was recently the subject of an article in The Star, 15th May 2014, titled, ‘One Soldier, three cemetries and a mother who never stopped plotting.’

On the outbreak of WW1 Capt. W.A.P. Durie enlisted with the 58th Battalion, CEF; in 1917 he was killed near Lens, and buried with his comrades in Northern France. His mother the widowed Mrs William Smith Durie, Anna, however, was not happy with his resting place and was determined his body should be returned to Canada.

Captain W. A. P. Durie's impressive grave is in St. James Cemetery, Toronto.

To read the article click here.

‘Our Absent Hero’ is Anna Durie’s book of poems in loving memory of her son, published in 1920 and available in reproduction from Amazon - among others.

We would like any Canadian Duries or those with Durie connections who feel they could be included in this section to send us their names and some information about their lives and their families. Please send your story and if possible photographs as well to All will be reviewed and may be used in a Newsletter and/or posted on the website. Durie Family Association members will, we hope, be able to provide detail they have on parents, grandparents and ancestors to help us all build up our extended Family Tree.

If you have someone or a history for us to consider adding to the website please send your copy (attached in Word Document or Plain Text only) by email, accessible from our Contact page. If possible attach photographs in Jpeg format (.jpg). All information will be reviewed and may be used in a Newsletter and/or posted on the website and shared with the family genealogist.

We hope you will also be able to provide details have on parents, grandparents and ancestors to help us build up our extended Family Tree.

There is an historical information section on Overseas Duries included in '750 Years of Duries' by Dr Bruce Durie. Click Here

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