Sunday, 2 August 2020

Orillia - Veterans' Memorial Park


Location:  Simcoe County     N 44 36.622   W -79 24.705
On Lakeview Avenue, across from the Legion.
This memorial sits at the entrance to Veterans' Memorial Park, located across Lakeview Avenue from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34.  A beautiful place to visit in the summer months, the popular waterfront can be a busy place.  The memorial lists the names of all those from Orillia who died in the World Wars.  On the front is a metal plaque dated 1920, mounted on the white granite stone.  The plaque must have been located elsewhere before this recent memorial was erected in 2015. On the back, engraved in the stone, are the names of those lost in World War II.  A tall, nautical type of flagpole marks the memorial from a distance.

Marker Text:
Front:
VETERANS'
MEMORIAL PARK


IN HONOUR
AND LOVING MEMORY OF
THE BRAVE MEN FROM ORILLIA
WHO DIED
FOR LIBERTY AND HUMANITY
IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

1915.
JOHN D. GLOVER
NORMAN GLOVER
C.E. HERRELL
W.M. McDONALD
FRED ROBERTS
C.E. WILLIAMS

1916.
STANLEY F. AYLES
FRED BAILEY
JOHN BEATON
WM. ARTHUR BRIGGS
HENRY CALVERLEY
ARTHUR D. BROWN
NORMAN DICKER
WALTER B. DUNHAM
FRANK GRAHAM
JACK HARTE
NORMAN HARVIE
SIDNEY HOLGERSON
MELVILLE G. INGRAM
STANLEY MAYNARD
CRAWFORD MILLER
ARTHUR MILNE
NELSON H. MUFFLEY
THOMAS V. McDONALD
LEONARD PARKHURST
R.J. PERRING
JOHN ALLAN RAHAM
DONALD ROSE
WM. HENRY SHELTON
HARRY SMITH
THOMAS SMYTHE
ROY WALKER
W.C. WHITTLESEA

1917.
ARTHUR H. ARDAGH
ABRAHAM BAREHAM
FRED BENTLEY
GEORGE BORMAN
H.C. BURNETT
D.A. CANTELON
THOS. LEROY CHAMBERS
FRANCIS G. COONEY
REUBEN CRAWFORD
JAMES A. FRISSELL
LORNE GILL
SAM GINSBERG
LEONARD HINCHCLIFFE
GEORGE HUDSON
SAMUEL OTTO IRISH
HARRY JONES
THOMAS KENNARD
CHARLES H. KNIGHT
J.G. LAURIE
HARRY LYFFYT
WM. JAMES LYTTLE
FRED MARSHALL
JOHN McARTHUR
RUSSELL McBRIEN
JOHN McGHEE
C.H. McNABB
MERVYN W. NASH
NORMAN E. RAHAM
ORRIN CECIL WILSON
JOHN G. WILSON
OSCAR WISER

1918.
ERIC M. ANDERSON
A.E. BARRY
JOSEPH BORROW
FRANK D. BREEN
THOMAS BRIDGEWATER
EARNEST BURNET
W.D. CHRISTIE
JACK CLEGG
BENJAMIN T. COLE
ORREN JOHN CONGDON
F.H. CROYDON
ARNOLD CURRAN
HAROLD DEANS
HENRY F. FOUNTAIN
BERT FOX
WILLIAM J. GOODWIN
ROGER GRANT
FRED HUCKER
JAMES HURRY
D. JOHNSTON
GEORGE H. JONES
WILLIAM R. LAMBLE
GILBERT McARTHUR
RUSSELL McCUAIG
D. McDONELL
DAN McLEAN
HAROLD McLEAN
FRED PALMER
ARNOLD PENMAN
VERNON ROSS PHILLIPS
W.W. RIDLEY
FRED H. RUMFORD
PERCY H. SCOTT
PAUL SHEPPARD
HARRY L. SMITH
WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS
ALBERT WOOD
HAROLD WOODS

"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT HE MAY LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS."
ERECTED BY DUNCAN C. ANDERSON, MAYOR 1920


Back:
WORLD WAR II
IN MEMORY OF ORILLIA AREA FALLEN VETERANS

ROSS M. AGNEW
LLOYD D. ANNIS
AINSLIE P. ARDAGH
JAMIE R. BOYD
ROY S. BOYD
MANLEY L. BRECHIN
JACK M. BRENNAN
ANTHONY F.B. BRODRIBB
WALTER L. BROWN
ROY W. CAIRNS
GEORGE CANDLER
ALBERT M. CARTER
VICTOR H. CHATTEN
LORNE S. CHRISTMAN
ARTHUR J. CLARK
WILLIAM H. CLARK
ARTHUR K. CLARKE
EDWARD A. CLARKE
EDGAR H. COOPER
WILLIAM E. COPP
STANLEY E. CROSS
BRUCE M. DEANS
MANSELL R. DEVERELL
EVAN C. DEVINE
ELTON L. DIXON
AMBROSE P. DOHERTY
WILLIAM E. DUNN
WILLIAM H. DU TRIZAC
WILFRED EASTMAN
JOHN B. EATON

GORDON J. FERGUSON
RAYMOND J. GAGNON
CAMPBELL C. GILCHRIST
ROBERT P. GOLDSTEIN
IVAN F. GREENE
WARREN HALSTEAD
JACK A. HAMMOND
JOHN D. HEAN
IRWIN HENRY
ROBERT G. HENRY
KENNETH E. HEPINSTALL
JOSEPH G. HINDS
HARVEY C. HOLMES
DONALD P. HOPKINS
HARMAN H. HUFFMAN
THOMAS A. JEFFRIES
NORMAN S. JERMEY
ALLEN E. JOHNSON
ROSS J.H. JOHNSTONE
KENNETH R. JOSLIN
WALTER M. KANIECKI
ORVAL P. LAWSON
WILFRED C. LAWSON
MILLARD M. LIEBECK
MERVYN L.G. LOVERING
PATRICK I. McLAUGHLIN
FREDERICK E. McTAGGART
KENNETH M. MILLER

RONALD O. MILLER
BRUCE R. MILLIGAN
JAMES E. MUGAN
DONALD A. MUIR
DOUGLAS A. NAISMITH
ROSS W. NAISMITH
CHARLES R. NEIDRAUER
GEORGE J.S. OVEREND
WALTER PENLEY
CHARLES PETTIT
PETER PICH
JAMES A. RAMSAY
JAMES M. RICE
ELMER O. RICHARDS
DAVID W. ROSENBERGER
RAYMOND J. SANDER
WILBERT G. SEARS
ROBERT J.A. SHAW
MILTON E. SOULES
BILLY SPEIRAN
JOHN T. STEELE
WILLIAM S. TAYLOR
GEORGE THOMAS
JOHN R. THORBURN
DONALD TURNER
WILLIAM G. WALKER
ROBERT H. WILSON
ERNEST M. WOOD
GORDON F. WOOD
KENNETH W. YOUNG

ORILLIA AREA FALLEN VETERANS COMPILED BY JIM WATT 2015








Monday, 27 July 2020

Aamjiwnaang First Nation

 
Location:  Lambton County     N 42 56.150    W -82 24.995
On Tashmoo Avenue, just south of Churchill Road, at the community park/offices.

The Aamjiwnaang First Nation (formally known as Chippewas of Sarnia) is a First Nations community of about 2400 Chippewa (Ojibwe) Aboriginal peoples  (850 of which live on Reserve). They are located on the St. Clair River, 3 miles south of the southern tip of Lake Huron in the city limits of Sarnia southwestern Ontario, Canada – just across the United States border from Port Huron, Michigan.  The name Aamjiwnaang, (pronounced am-JIN-nun) means “at the spawning stream.”  Today Aamjiwnaang remains a vibrant, prosperous community interacting on excellent terms with the communities that surround us.
 
The cenotaph reminds us of a strong past that included serving the country in all wars and bravely defending our freedoms and the strong ties to the Sarnia area, their home and native land.  The three stele memorial is accompanied by another monument dedicated to the tragedy of residential schools.



Marker text:
Centre:
TO OUR
GLORIOUS VETERANS
WHO HAVE SERVED
OUR NATION
AND ITS' ALLIES
FOR
PEACE AND FREEDOM

LEST WE FORGET
 


Left:
WORLD WAR I

IN MEMORY OF
THE YOUNG MEN
FROM THIS NATION
WHO SERVED
KING AND COUNTRY
THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD
1914 - 1919

FRED DOXSTATER
 


Right:
WORLD WAR II

IN MEMORY OF
THE YOUNG MEN
AND WOMEN WHO
LOYALLY SERVED
THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD
1939 - 1945

HARLEY WILLIAMS
 


Base:
PONTIAC'S WAR
WAR OF 1812
KOREA
VIETNAM
PEACEKEEPING
 

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Aurora LAV

 
Location:  York Region   N 43.985406   W -79.463734
Beside the Aurora Cenotaph, east side of Yonge Street, just north of Allaura Blvd.


The LAV was placed here in November 2018, part of a program to place LAV armoured vehicles in specific towns across Canada, as a tribute to all who served in the war in Afghanistan.  The Town of Aurora was well-represented in that conflict with several members of the local Queen's York Rangers taking part in the effort to restore peace in the war-torn country.  The LAV was unveiled at the Remembrance Day ceremony in 2018, honouring the efforts and bravery of all who served.

The cenotaph in Aurora was featured here in July 2012, for further reference to this beautiful monument, please see: http://ontariowarmemorials.blogspot.com/2012/07/aurora.html
 


Marker text:
In recognition and memory of the efforts of approximately
40,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served and
the 162 Canadians who died in the cause of bringing peace
and freedom to the people of Afghanistan.

2001     2014
 (repeated in French)

 








Sunday, 12 July 2020

Athens

 
Location:  United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
N 44.626759  W  75.949776
In Memorial Park, 35 Main Street East.
 
This memorial consists of several parts.  The main cenotaph is a stone cairn featuring plaques listing the names of those who died in the World Wars.  
Behind the cenotaph is a "Vimy Oak", planted in September 2017, along with a plaque telling the story of this infamous tree.  
In November 2000, County Road 5, between Athens and Mallorytown was designated as the "Road of Remembrance", and highlights a row of maple trees planted along this route, each with its own cross bearing the name from one of the local plaques. 
One more for Athens. A very small garden dedicated to the WWI soldiers listed on the cenotaph. It is elsewhere found at 1 Main Street, at the Township of Athens Municipal Building.
 
***Once again, thank you to Louise Bellec for the photos and research.


 
 
Marker text:
Stone Cairn: 
 
Top plaque:
KOREA
1950 - 1953
 


 
Middle plaque:
1914 - 1918
TO THE MEMORY OF 
OUR BOYS WHO PAID THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE GREAT WAR

ROSS DE WOLFE     FRANK WHITFORD
J. MILLS JOHNSTON     GERALD BOTSFORD
BASIL CONNERTY     LLOYD SCOTT
DELOS SPENCE     JOHN CORR
GORDON KELSEY     EVERETT CROSS
WILLIAM CARL
 


 
Bottom plaque:
1939 - 1945

HONOUR ROLL

IN MEMORY OF OUR MEN WHO MADE THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE IN WORLD WAR II

GNR. ARTHUR DACK
PTE. DONALD COVEY
PIPER MJR. DONALD FRASER
PTE. ELTON IRELAND
FLT./SGT. HUGH LATIMER
CPL. CHARLES RUNHAM
FLT./SGT. JASON STEVENS
CAPT. LESLIE YATES
L.A.C. LAWRENCE YATES

ERECTED BY THE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE OF ATHENS
 
 



 
 
Vimy Oak
Plaque:
This oak tree is a descendant from the few acorns gathered after the Battle of Vimy Ridge by Canadian soldier Lt. Leslie Miller. Not a single oak tree remained standing in the aftermath of the shelling. This tree, a descendant of one of those acorns, is one of the trees planted across Canada to mark the 100th anniversary of this historic Canadian victory. It stands as a living memorial to all
Canadian soldiers who fought in the First World War including the eleven Athens soldiers killed and memorialized on the nearby stone Cairn.

After a sendoff at the Athens train station the soldiers departed for Halifax then sailed to Europe. They found the battlefields of France scarred with huge bomb craters and strewn with the dead and dying.  The weather was atrocious and in the trenches the soldiers stood in cold mud and water, in constant fear of mustard or chlorine gas attacks. The smell of death hung in the air. After 4 days
the innovative strategy and ferocity of the four Canadian divisions prevailed, marking a pivotal moment in Canada's coming of age as a nation.

Under photo:
On their way to war, dust rises as part of the 156th Battalion marches proudly through Athens, c1916
 
 



 
 
Remembrance Garden:
Plaque:
THIS GARDEN WAS PLANTED  IN MEMORY OF

GERALD BOTSFORD
WILLIAM CARL
BASIL CONNERTY
JOHN CORR
EVERETT CROSS
ROSS DE WOLFE
J MILLS JOHNSTON
GORDON KELSEY
LLOYD SCOTT
DELOS SPENCE
FRANK WHITFORD

WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
IT REPLACES THE ELEVEN MAPLE TREES
ORIGINALLY PLANTED HERE IN THEIR HONOUR