Friday, 24 February 2017

Verona

 

Location:  Frontenac County     N 44 29.038   W 76 41.553
On the east side of Cty. Road 38, in McMullen Manor Park.
 

This memorial was erected as part of the 1967 Centennial activities.  It is sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 260, and was donated by the citizens of Portland Township.
It is a simple memorial dedicated to the cause of peace, mentions no wars or individual names of those who served, only a remembrance of those who died for our freedom.



Marker text:
Front:
1867      1967

VERONA
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
BRANCH 260

IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE
OF OUR COMRADES
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM

DONATED BY THE CITIZENS OF
PORTLAND TOWNSHIP AND DISTRICT
 









Friday, 17 February 2017

Ilderton

 

Location:  Middlesex County     N 43 04.678   W 81 23.180
On the north side of Ilderton Road, at the entrance to the Arena/fairgrounds.
 

This memorial is sponsored by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 531, which is located nearby.  The granite stone pays tribute to the major wars of the 1900's and lists the names of those lost from this community.  Although only a short distance from the City of London, Ilderton has always maintained a rural feel to it, largely being a farming centre until the recent encroachment of the city has turned this busy village into a bedroom community. 
 



Marker text.
LEST WE FORGET

IN MEMORY OF THOSE
FROM THIS COMMUNITY
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY

WORLD WAR I
1914 - 1918

WORLD WAR II
1939 - 1945

KOREAN WAR
1950 - 1959

WWI
A.J.M. SHORE
W.G. SCOTT
J.M. WILLIAMS

WWII
J.R. PAISLEY
H.C. IRWIN
D.J. POOLE
J. SPARLING
A.W. OLIVER

KOREAN
J.R. ALLEN






Saturday, 11 February 2017

Ottawa - Brig. Gault

 

Location:  City of Ottawa     N 45 25.417   W 75 41.682
In a small parkette near the corner of Elgin Street and Lawrence Freiman Lane.  Across the road from the National War Memorial.
 

This memorial statue of Brigadier Andrew Hamilton Gault DSO, OBE, ED, CD (1882-1958), was erected in 1992.   The bronze statue was made by sculptor Don Begg, in 1990.
Brigadier Gault was the man who founded, funded and formed the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry at the outbreak of WWI.  This was last privately raised regiment in the British Empire.
He served in the South African War as a commissioned officer in the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles.  After that conflict he returned to Canada and stayed with the militia as a member of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada.
With the outbreak of war in 1914, Gault began his quest to form his own Regiment, made up of men who had previously seen military action, such as those veterans of the South African War or British Army.  The Princess Pats given parliamentary charter on August 10, 1914, and after only ten days of recruiting were almost 1,100 men strong.  They where the first Canadian soldiers to arrive in France, seeing their first action at St. Eloi in 1915.  Gault led his men into battle and was wounded several times, ultimately losing his left leg to his injuries.  The PPCLI continued to fight in all major battles of the Great War, and by the end, Gault was one of only two officers of the regiment to have survived the war.
After the war, he returned to England and continued his career as a politican.  At the start of WWII, he served on the staff of the Canadian Army in England.  He returned to his home in Montreal in 1944, due to his health and remained a key figure with the PPCLI after the war, becoming honourary Colonel of the Regiment until his death in 1958.
 




Marker text:
(PPCLI Crest)

BRIGADIER ANDREW HAMILTON GAULT  DSO, OBE, ED, CD.

FOUNDER / FONDATEUR DU RÉGIMENT
PRINCESS PATRICIA'S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY

THIS STATUE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
ANDREW HAMILTON GAULT, CANADIAN WAR HERO,
PHILANTHROPIST, INDUSTRIALIST, AND PUBLIC SERVANT,
HIS LIFE WAS AN EXAMPLE OF DEVOTED SERVICE TO
CANADA IN WAR AND PEACE.

OVER TWO THOUSAND PATRICIAS HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES
FOR CANADA'S FREEDOM.  THEIR LEGACY OF SELFLESSNESS,
HEROISM, AND DEVOTION OF DUTY CONTINUES TO INSPIRE
THEIR SUCCESSORS WHO PROUDLY SERVE CANADA IN
THE QUEST FOR PEACE.

DEDICATED 1992



 Cette statue est dédiée à la mémoire de
Andrew Hamilton Gault, héros
de guerre canadien, philanthrope, industriel et serviteur de l`état.
Toute sa vie, en temps de guerre ou de paix, il a fait preuve d`un dévouement
exemplaire pour le canada.

Plus de deux mille membres de ce Régiment ont
donné leur vie pour la liberté du Canada. Leur
legs d`altruisme, d`héroïsme et de dévouement au
devoir continue d`inspirer leurs successeurs qui servent
le Canada avec fierté en quête de la paix.

Dédiée en 1992.
 




Friday, 3 February 2017

London - Holy Roller

 

Location:   City of London    N 42° 59.426 W 081° 14.957
In Victoria Park, south side of Central Avenue.
 

This memorial is a Sherman Tank, dedicated to the honour of the First Hussars.  This is the only tank of the 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment (1st Hussars) to complete the campaign in North-West Europe.  This tank landed on Juno Beach on D-day, then worked its way through the liberation of France, Belgium and Holland.
The First Hussars have a storied history of providing outstanding soldiers to Canada in time of war.  They were first formed as a Reserve Force Regiment in 1856 and continue to this day to proudly serve the City of London and the country as a reserve unit.
 

BATTLE HONOURS

South African War

SOUTH AFRICA, 1900.

The First World War

SOMME, 1916; Flers-Courcelette; Ancre Heights; ARRAS, 1917, '18; Vimy, 1917; AMIENS; Scarpe, 1918; Drocourt-Quéant; HINDENBURG LINE; Canal du Nord; Cambrai, 1918; PURSUIT TO MONS; FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18.

The Second World War

NORMANDY LANDING; Putot-en-Bessin; Le Mesnil-Patry; CAEN; The Orne; BOURGUÉBUS RIDGE; Faubourg de Vaucelles; Verrières Ridge-Tilly-la-Campagne; FALAISE; Falaise Road; Quesnay Wood; The Laison; Chambois; Calais, 1944; The Lower Maas; THE RHINELAND; The Hochwald; Apeldoorn; Bad Zwischenahn; NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1944-1945.
 

Four plaques are mounted on the Holy Roller to commemorate various milestones in First Hussar history.



 
Marker text:
Front plaque top:

HOLY ROLLER
PRESENTED TO THE CITY OF LONDON
BY 1st HUSSARS      4th JUNE 1950
IN MEMORY OF THE FIRST HUSSARS WHO FELL
IN TWO WORLD WARS
THE ONLY TANK OF THE 6th CANADIAN ARMOURED
REGIMENT (1st HUSSARS) TO COMPLETE CAMPAIGN
IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE
D-DAY 6th JUNE 1944
VE-DAY 8th MAY 1945

Front plaque bottom:

IN COMMEMORATION OF THE
HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE FIRST HUSSARS REGIMENT
OF LONDON, CANADA
1856 - 1956
 





Side plaque left:

TO THE EVERLASTING MEMORY
OF THE MEMBERS OF
THE 1ST HUSSARS

BOTH THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, WHO TOGETHER WITH
OTHER ALLIED CANADIAN AND ALLIED SERVICEMEN
PARTICIPATED IN THE GLORIOUS CAMPAIGN OF 1944-1945
THE LED TO THE LIBERATION OF THE NETHERLANDS

PRESENTED BY:
THE GRATEFUL DUTCH CANADIANS OF LONDON
MAY 1970

RE-DEDICATED JUNE 6, 1998 BY:
THE DUTCH CANADIANS REMEMBER
COMMITTEE OF 1995

Side plaque right:
1944     1994
THIS PLAQUE IS PLACED HERE TO COMMEMORATE
THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ALLIED INVASION
OF NORMANDY ON D DAY, 6TH JUNE 1944.
IT IS DEDICATED TO THE SOLDIERS OF THE
FIRST HUSSARS; TO THOSE WHO TOOK PART IN THE
ASSAULT, TO THOSE WHO FOUGHT IN THE EUROPEAN
CAMPAIGN, AND TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES TO
LIBERATE FRANCE, BELGIUM AND HOLLAND.
"HODIE NON CRAS"
 



















Sunday, 29 January 2017

Lynden

 

Location:   City of Hamilton     N 43° 14.626 W 080° 08.901
On the east side of Lynden Road, in front of the Legion.

 
This memorial sits in front of the Royal Canadian Legion Beverly Branch #500.  It was constructed in July of 1964 and has been used for Remembrance Day ceremonies ever since.  Lynden is a small village, a rural suburb of the City of Hamilton, home to around 500 people.
The memorial itself is not as extravagant as many we have seen, but it is in good condition and remains proud in its role as a place of honour in this community.  A tall arch stands in front of the walkway leading to the cobblesone wall with a simple plaque.

Marker text:
IN MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO SERVED


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Flinton

 

Location:  Lennox and Addington County     N 44 41.503   W 77 12.561
On the north side of Flinton Road, beside the library.
 

The memorial in this small village is proudly sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 328, located in nearby Northbrook.  This Legion branch is also active at several other area cenotaphs during the Remembrance Day ceremonies.  The stone memorial pays honour to the two World Wars, the Korean War, Merchant Navy and Peacekeepers.  The names of local residents who bravely fought during World War I are engraved on the cenotaph.  The list of names appears in a rather random order, not alphabetical as is usually seen.  A pair of stone benches and small garden flank the walkway to the memorial.



Marker text:
Front:
(Legion crest)

LEST WE FORGET


WORLD WAR II     1939 - 1945

KOREAN WAR     1950 - 1953

MERCHANT NAVY

PEACEKEEPING FORCES
 


WORLD WAR I     1914 - 1918

ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE

H.D. REID
T.E. LOWRY
GEO. GIRVIN
J. FORTIER
H. WOOD
R. DAFOE
H. SPICER
N. TAMBLIN
E. FORTIER
J. McLUCKIE
C. DAFOE
L. CASSIBO  M.M.
J. FORBES
D. BOSLEY
C. JACKSON
L. DAFOE
C.F. BROCHIE
W. JUBY
E. LLOYD
JNO. BUDREAU
S. BOSLEY

T. MILLER
R. BRYDEN
GORDON WOOD
F.A. FEVREAU
E. COLE
E. WOOD
P. WOOD
G. DAFOE  M.M.
W. ADAMS
A. BOUCHARD
W. PRINGLE
M. ATKINS
N. ANDREW
J. TREPANIER
F. GONYOU
JOE BUDREAU
E. BARKER
M. PRINGLE
J.A. WOOD
H. ELLIS
PHIL KNIFE

W. LOYST
N. CHAMPANGE
L. COLE
A. McLUCKIE
G. WOOD
W. DAFOE
M. WOOD
A. ANDREW
G. BROCHU
P. LESSARD
E. ALLAIR
A. SHIER
JNO. RENAUD
A. HAWLEY
M. THOMPSON
C. SPICER
F. McDONALD
A. DAFOE
J. CHAMPAGNE
A. WOOD
S. MILLS

BEN. THOMPSON
E. SPICER
N. BOUCHARD
E. CASSIBO
H. McDONALD
M. BROCHU
EZRA LLOYD
JOE. RENAUD
W. LESSARD
T. BERRY
J. BROCHU
D. HARTIN
C. COLE
F. LLOYD
GIL. CHAMPAGNE
B. CASSADA
E. ATKINS
AMOS LLOYD
BRIT. THOMPSON
T.L. PERRY
 










Friday, 13 January 2017

Drumbo

 
 

Location:  Oxford County     N 43 14.138  W 80 33.072
In front of the Blenheim District Public School on Mechanic Street, just east of Wilmot Street S.
 

This memorial was unveiled in 1920, by the local village of Drumbo, dedicated to the war dead of the First World War.  Later the names of the dead from the Second World War were also engraved in the stone shaft.  The Korean War is also acknowledged.
A traditional statue of a Great War soldier standing at ease rests on top of the granite shaft.  Another fitting tribute of a small community to honour the brave men who fought and died for peace.




Marker text:
Front:
ARTHUR G. COWAN
FERGUSON COOK
A. JAMES GIBSON
ROBERT A. GIVEN
J. CHRYSLER KILGOUR
FRANCIS A. LAW
FREDERICK LODGE
ROBERT M. McTAGUE
WILLIAM R. WILSON

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR FALLEN HEROES
1914 - 1918
 



 
Right side:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF

ALFRED E. CLAYTON
J. McBETH MURRAY
BENTLEY ROBSON
CHARLES H. WALLACE
1939 - 1945
"GREATER LOVE
HATH NO MAN."
 



 
Left side:
KOREAN WAR
1950 - 1953
 


 
Rear:
EMERSON CROSBY
1914 - 1918