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Photo: Looking southwest to Mount Zengel (beyond The Palisade) from on Highway #16

Mount Zengel

  • 2630 m (8,629ft)
  • Naming History
52.9681N -118.178W
Located 3 km northwest of Pyramid Mountain

Range: Victoria Cross
Province: Alberta
Park: Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca
Visible from Highway: 16
Year Named: 1951
Named for: Zengel, Sgt. Raphael Louis VC (Sgt. Zengel demonstrated, "most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty" while serving with the 45th Battalion in the Saskatchewan Regiment during WW I. Victoria Cross

Sgt. Raphael Louis Zengel rushed ahead to single-handedly attack an enemy machine gun emplacement which was firing into his platoon's advancing line. He demonstrated this, "most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty" while serving with the 45th Battalion in the Saskatchewan Regiment.

The Victoria Cross citation reads, "On 9 August 1918 east of Warvillers, France, Sergeant Zengel was leading his platoon forward to the attack when he realised that an enemy machine-gun was firing into the advancing line. He rushed forward ahead of the platoon to the gun emplacement, killed the officer and operator of the gun and dispersed the crew. Later in the day he was rendered temporarily unconscious by an enemy shell but on recovering continued to direct harassing fire on the enemy. His utter disregard for personal safety and the confidence he inspired in all ranks greatly assisted in the successful outcome of the attack."

He was buried at Pine Cemetery, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.

Photo: Looking southwest to Mount Zengel from Highway #16