Saturday, 6 August 2022

Wahta Mohawks First Nation

 

Location:  Muskoka District     N 44.99433   W -79.77729

2664 Muskoka Road 38, 250 metres east of Highway 400.

 

The memorial dedicated to the Wahta First Nations was first featured on this site in September 2012.  You can still see that post in the archives, although that memorial is no longer there.  The original stone from that first memorial has been incorporated into the design of the new memorial.  The new memorial was erected in front of the new Wahta Mohawks Administration and Community Centre, in November 2015.

This new memorial has been completely re-done on a grand scale.  The names of all the local Mohawks who volunteered for service the World Wars, Korea and Peacekeeping are forever carved into the grey granite stones. Those who died while serving have their names engraved on the tall, centre stone. There are now five stones that make up the memorial, four dedicated to those who served their country in the military and one dedicated to those who went through the Residential school system.  The entire monument is decorated with children's shoes in memory of the history of the residential school system.

I have chosen not to cover the history of the Residential Schools, that chapter can be found elsewhere for those who are interested.  This site is focused on the cenotaphs and memorials dedicated to those who bravely served their country in times of war and peace.  Sadly, many of the names appear in both the school survivors and the military service personnel.


Marker Text:

Centre front:

WAHTA MOHAWKS MEMORIAL

 

WORLD WAR I

SAMUEL COMMANDANT

 

WORLD WAR II

JOHN LaFORCE

HERMAN STOCK

 

IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO

MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

 

DEDICATED NOVEMBER 11, 2015

 

 

 

 

Centre back:
TO HONOUR

THE MEN AND WOMEN

FROM GIBSON

WHO VOLUNTEERED

FOR ACTIVE SERVICE

WORLD WAR I

WORLD WAR II

THE KOREAN WAR



Left stone:

WORLD WAR I

ELI COMMANDANT

SAMUEL COMMANDANT

JACKSON DEWASHA

JOSEPH LAFLECHE

SOMON LAFORCE

THOMAS LAFORCE

PETER MONTOUR

MARK NELSON

PATRICK STOCK

ROBERT STOCK


KOREA

NORMAN SAHANATIEN

HOWARD THOMPSON


PEACE KEEPERS

GORDON J. COMMANDANT

W. GEORGE COMMANDANT

 



Left centre stone:

WORLD WAR II

ARTHUR COMMANDANT

FERDINAND COMMANDANT

GEORGE COMMANDANT 

HARVEY COMMANDANT

RICHARD COMMANDANT

SIDNEY COMMANDANT

ARCHIE DECAIRE

DAVID DECAIRE

FRANCIS DECAIRE

GORDON DECAIRE

PERCIVAL DECAIRE

JOSEPH DEWASHA

MITCHELL FRANKS

SIMON LAFORCE

JOHN LAFORCE

GEORGE MARTIN

ERNEST MARTIN

EDWARD NEWS

FREDRICK NEWS

 

 

 

Right centre stone:

JEFFREY NEWS

WILSON NEWS

PHOEBE RENNIE

GORDON SAHANATIEN

LEONARD SAHANATIEN

LOUIS SAHANATIEN

NORMAN SAHANATIEN

HARRY STOCK

HERMAN STOCK

JOSEPH STOCK

PATRICK STOCK

ROBERT STOCK

HOWARD THOMPSON

ROY THOMPSON

BEATRICE WHITE

CHRISTOPHER WHITE 

 

 

 

Right stone:

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

List of names. 

 

 






 

 






Sunday, 24 July 2022

Cooper

 

 

Location:  Hastings County     N 44.63469   W -77.46958

In the cemetery, on the west side of Cooper Road (County Road 12), just north of Barry Road.

 

This memorial is another fine example of finding a cenotaph in a place that I didn't even know existed.  Cooper is a small hamlet on the edge of the Canadian Shield.  There are some farms located sporadically around this very rural area and its a weekend getaway to cottagers.  There are no stores or much of anything in the area, just a crossroads and a few houses.

The memorial itself is a tall red granite shaft with a bust of a typical WWI soldier at the top.  The names of those lost in the World Wars are engraved in the granite, six in WWI and one from WWII.  The cemetery is rather large considering the size of the community, it has many gravestones from the first settlers to present day, and several military style grave markers to remember those who proudly served and are buried here.

 

Market text:

Front:

MAJOR S. BRUCE VANLEEK

KILLED IN ACTION AT CAMBRAI

SEPT. 29TH 1918

AGED 34 YEARS

 

PRIVATE EDWARD CANNIFF

KILLED IN ACTION AT VIMY RIDGE

MAY 9TH 1916

AGED 27 YEARS

 

ERECTED

IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS

BY THE FRIENDS OF COOPER AND REMINGTON

1914 - 1918 

 

 

 

 

Right side:

PRIVATE ALFRED WARD GORDON

KILLED IN ACTION AT PASSCHENDAELE

OCT. 26TH 1917

AGED 24 YEARS

 

PRIVATE ALFRED NUNNEY

KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE

APRIL 4TH 1918

AGED 23 YEARS

 

 

 

 

 

Back:

WILLIAM ASKHAM

KILLED IN ACTION D-DAY

JUNE 6TH 1944

AGED 33 YEARS

 

 

 

 

Left side:

PRIVATE THOMAS C. BROAD

KILLED IN ACTION AT FESTUBERT

MAY 24TH 1915

AGED 33 YEARS

 

PRIVATE ALVIN PARKS

KILLED IN ACTION ON THE SOMME

OCT. 7TH 1916

AGED 27 YEARS

 







 

 




Sunday, 17 July 2022

Lunenburg

 

Location:  United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

N 45.06053   W -74.96037

On the west side of County Road 12, about 1 km north of the village, in Memorial Hill Cemetery.

This memorial proudly stands in Memorial Hill Cemetery.  It lists the names of the five local heroes who died in the First World War.  No other wars or conflicts are mentioned.  The names are extremely difficult to read in the grey granite stone, but my research associate Louise made several trips to document and photograph the site for accuracy.  Accompanying the memorial is a WWI artillery piece and also a bench for those who wish to sit and remember the fallen.  We can find very little information in relation to the origin of this beautiful memorial.  Lunenburg is small agricultural village with little written about its history.  There is something very special, and one of the reasons I started this project many years ago, about finding these touching memorials in small villages that we didn't even know existed, yet they contributed so much to the greater cause of our freedom.

Marker text:

IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN
HEROES

PTE. WM GERALD GARDINER
50TH BATT. KILLED AT VIMY

RIDGE. FEB. 26, 1916  AGE 27 YRS.

 

PTE. FRANK BURTON
24TH BATT. KILLED AT VIMY
RIDGE, MAY 5, 1917  AGE 22YRS

 

PTE. WM WERLEY

75TH BATT. KILLED IN ACTION
JUNE 8, 1917  AGE 26 YRS.

 

PTE. JAMES POAPST
156TH BATT. KILLED IN ACTION
OCT. 30, 1917  AGE 22 YRS

 

PTE. EARL W. WARNER

154TH BATT. KILLED AT BATTLE OF
AMIENS. AUG. 10, 1918  AGE 20 YRS.

 

1914 - 1918