Vimy commander's medals donated to Canadian War Museum
Byng was Canada's governor general from 1921 to 1926
Now the medals heearned in that battle and othershavefound an important place at the Canadian War Museum.
On Monday, Byng's military honours were officially donated to the Canadian War Museum by collector Dale Murray.
At a ceremony at the museum, Murray described the commander who later became Canada's governor general as a great leader considerate of the men who served under him.
"He liked the Canadians and the Canadians liked him," Murray said.
After the war, Byng was raised to the peerage,and became Viscount Byng of Vimy, a name he chose "in part, I'm sure ... in honour of the magnificent victory achieved by his Canadians," Murray added.
The victory was considered alandmark achievementthat distinguished Canada from Britain in the eyes of other nations.
"The medals represent an important chapter in the history of Canada," Murray said.
Canadian War Museum CEO Joe Geurts, who also attended the ceremony, said personal stories help visitors understand military history.
"And the story of a former governor general, and the general who commanded the Canadian Corps at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, is one that our visitors will appreciate now, and in future," Geurts said in a statement.
Some of Byng's medals will be displayed starting Friday as part of a museum program marking the 90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.
Byng served as Canada's governor general from 1921 to 1926.