Tuesday 16 July 2024

Cambridge - McIntosh Armoury

 

Location:  Waterloo Region    N 43.35800   W -80.31343

At the corner of Ainslie Street S and Valour Place.

 

The Armoury in Cambridge is situated in the city’s downtown area. The large brick and stone structure projects a solid, fortified appearance. The fa├žade features flanking towers, crenelated turrets and a large, stone-framed central troop door.  It was constructed during the time of the First World War, from 1914-1915.

The Armoury is associated with the development of Canada’s militia and makes a significant contribution to the city. The building is the home of the Highland Fusiliers of Canada, successor to the 29th Waterloo Infantry Battalion, formed in 1866 later known as the Highland Light Infantry of Canada.  It is constructed in a Tudor-influenced style with fortress-like detailing executed in stone and brick. The large, functional space of the main drill hall is made possible by the ability of the truss system to span a wide area. Distinguished by its good craftsmanship and functional design, the armoury also contains offices, stores and other facilities.   A plaque on the wall indicates the name of the building is the McIntosh Armoury, but it is also known as the Mill Street Armoury on recent maps.

Outside the armoury, on the front garden are three historical plaques dedicated to local men who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War.   In 2016, a LAV4 armoured vehicle was placed in front of the building to commemorate the mission in Afghanistan.  A black marble stone stands in front of the LAV to give praise to the individuals and organizations who sponsored the vehicle memorial.

 


Marker text:

Armoury plaque:

McINTOSH AMOURY

COL J.A. McINTOSH, DSO, ED

Born Galt, Ontario 10 December 1885

Commissioned in 29 Waterloo Regiment of Infantry - 1912

Volunteered for overseas service in the Great War with 18th Battalion

CEF - 1914

Twice wounded, twice Mentioned in Dispatches for bravery

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) at the Battle of

Courselette - 1918

Mobilized the Highland Light Infantry of Canada for Service in 1940 and

led them overseas to England

Promoted to Full Colonel, he returned to Canada to command Military

Districts 2 and 10 as well as the Camp Borden Training Complex

Except for Wartime service Colonel McIntosh served as Postmaster for

Galt from 1919 until retirement in 1951.  He served two terms of City

Council and was head of the Civil Defence Organization for eight years.

He passed away in Galt on 07 September 1970 at age 85

"ONE OF CANADA'S CITIZEN SOLDIERS"



SERGEANT FREDERICK HOBSON, VC

1873 - 1917

An Englishman, Frederick Hobson emigrated to Canada in

1904 after serving in the South African War.  Eight years

later, he moved to Galt (now Cambridge) with his family.

When war broke out in 1914, he joined the Norfolk Rifles, 

then enlisted with the 20th Battalion of the Canadian

Expeditionary Force.  He was awarded a posthumous Victoria

Cross for his heroic action at Hill 70 near Lens, France on

August 18, 1917.  During an intense German counter-attack,

Hobson rushed from is trench, reactivated a buried Lewis

gun, and engaged the advancing enemy single-handed.  When 

the gun jammed, the wounded Hobson fought with bayonet

and rifle until he was shot.  In the time gained reinforcements

approached to drive the enemy back.


Ontario Heritage Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario



LIEUTENANT SAMUEL LEWIS HONEY, VC, DCM, MM

SAMUEL HONEY WAS BORN IN CONN, WELLINGTON COUNTY ON FEBRUARY 9, 1894.

A SCHOOL TEACHER AT 1, HE ENLISTED ON JANUARY 25, 1915, IN THE 34TH BATTALION,

CEF BEING RAISED IN GALT, AND WENT TO ENGLAND AS A SERGEANT IN OCTOBER, 1915.  IN FRANCE, HE WON THE MILITARY MEDAL IN JANUARY, 1917 AND WAS AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL FOR GALLANT LEADERSHIP IN APRIL 1917.  AFTER COMPLETING OFFICER TRAINING, HE RETURNED TO HIS UNIT IN FRANCE AND WON THE VICTORIA CROSS AT BOURLON WOOD ON SEPTEMBER 27, 1918.

WITH ALL OTHER OFFICERS KILLED OR WOUNDED, HE TOOK COMMAND OF HIS COMPANY AND SINGLE-HANDED RUSHED AND CAPTURED A MACHINE-GUN POST AND TEN PRISONERS.  HE DIED OF WOUNDS ON SEPTEMBER 29, 1918, AND IS BURIED AT QUEANT CEMETERY, FRANCE.

ERECTED BY THE HIGHLAND FUSILIERS OF CANADA WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE AND THE ONTARIO HERITAGE FOUNDATION.  LIEUTENANT HONEY IS HONOURED BY A PROVINCIAL PLAQUE AT CONN.




CAPTAIN GEORGE FRASER KERR, VC, MC AND BAR, MM

BORN AT DESERONTO ON JUNE 8, 1894, HE ATTENDED GALT COLLEGIATE FROM 1908 TO 1913 AND JOINED THE 3RD BATTALION, C.E.F. IN 1914, GOING THE FRANCE IN 1915.  AS A CORPORAL, HE WON THE MILITARY MEDAL AT MONT SORREL IN JUNE 1916.  RECOVERING FROM HIS WOUNDS IN ENGLAND, HE WAS APPOINTED A LIEUTENANT AND RETURNED TO HIS UNIT IN JULY 1917.  HE WON THE MILITARY CROSS AT AMIENS IN AUGUST 1918, AND A SECOND MC AT BOURLON WOOD WHEN NOT FULLY RECOVERED FROM EARLIER WOUNDS.  ON SEPTEMBER 27, 1918, HE WON THE VICTORIA CROSS AT BOURLON WOOD WHEN HE RUSHED A STRONGHOLD AND SINGLE-HANDED CAPTURED FOUR MACHINE GUNS AND 31 PRISONERS.  IN CANADA, HE CONTINUED WITH MILITIA SERVICE AND A BUSINESS CAREER IN TORONTO, WHERE HE DIED ON DECEMBER 8, 1929 AND WAS BURIED WITH FULL MILITARY HONOURS IN MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY.

ERECTED BY THE HIGHLAND FUSILIERS OF CANADA WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE AND THE ONTARIO HERITAGE FOUNDATION.  CAPTAIN KERR IS HONOURED WITH A PROVINCIAL PLAQUE AT DESERONTO.



LAV Plaque:

In recognition and memory of the efforts 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


















 

 



Saturday 6 July 2024

Toronto - War of 1812 Monument

 

Location:  City of Toronto     N 43.64263   W -79.40020

In Victoria Memorial Square, 10 Niagara Street.

 

 

The following is taken from a historic plaque erected near the memorial:

"Long overlooked among Toronto's public monuments, the memorial

in the centre of this park honours those who died defending Upper

Canada (now Ontario) against the Americans during the War of

1812.  The monument was first proposed in 1888 by the Army and

Navy Veterans Association, but waited almost 20 years for its

completion.  The monument's pedestal, completed in 1902, was

crowned with the bronze bust in 1907.


The monument is the combined work of one of Canada's leading

early-20th-century architects, Frank Darling, and one of its most

important monument designers and sculptors, Walter Seymour

Allward.  Darling designed its granite pedestal, the excavation for

which uncovered four coffins.  The commission for the bronze bust of

the "Old Soldier" was given to the young Allward, best known for his

later masterpiece, Canada's war memorial at Vimy Ridge, France.


In 1907, The Globe newspaper gave the bust of the "Old Soldier" high

praise for reflecting both "the indomitable courage of a fine British

type" and "the poignant pathos of the aged and broken veteran."

 


"The Old Soldier, War of 1812 Memorial was erected by the British Army and Navy Veterans' Association. It was erected to honour the dead of the War of 1812, on the site of an old burial ground used between 1794 and 1863 for soldiers and their families from nearby Fort York. 

The memorial’s cornerstone was laid on July 1, 1902. The cornerstone featured a time capsule, including newspapers, coins, and other documents of the day. Veterans of several wars were on hand for the ceremony, including those who had served in the Crimean War, Second Opium War, Indian Rebellion of 1857, Second Anglo-Aghan War, Fenian Raids, North-West Rebellion, and the South African War. The official unveiling was on July 5, 1907, after nearly 20 years of planning and fundraising.

The memorial was designed and constructed by Walter Seymour Allward. He designed a bronze half-length figure of an old one-armed soldier in uniform of 1812, holding his military cap, the George IV medal on his chest and the end of one empty sleeve pinned up."

 https://www.veterans.gc.ca/en/remembrance/memorials/national-inventory-canadian-memorials/details/5520

 

 

Marker text:

Front:

"DEAD IN THE BATTLE - DEAD ONT HE FIELD;

MORE THAN A LIFE CAN A SOLDIER YIELD?

HIS BLOOD HAS BURNISHED HIS SABRE BRIGHT;

TO HIS MEMORY,  HONOR: TO HIM GOOD NIGHT."


THIS MONUMENT IS TO PERPETUATE

THE MEMORY AND DEEDS OF THE OFFI-

CERS, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND

MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE DE-

FENCE OF CANADA IN THE WAR OF 1812-1815,

AND IS ERECTED BY THE BRITISH ARMY

AND NAVY VETERANS RESIDING IN TORON-

TO, AIDED BY GENEROUS SUBSCRIPTIONS

FROM THE BRITISH ARMY AND NAVY, AND

THE CITIZENS OF CANADA.

JULY 1ST, 1902.

BATTLE-FIELDS

RIVER CANARD     CHRYSLER'S FARM     FORT GEORGE

BEAVER DAMS     DETROIT     LUNDY'S LANE

BLACK ROCK     FORT NIAGARA     THAMES

CHATEAUGUAY     FORT ERIE      STONY CREEK

                                        YORK

 



Right side:

IN MEMORY OF OFFICERS, NON-COM

MISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN WHO

DIED WHILE STATIONED WITH THEIR

REGIMENTS OR COMPANIES OF REGI-

MENTS OR BATTERIES OF ARTILLERY

AND CAVALRY AT YORK (TORONTO) DUR-

ING THE PERIOD THAT BRITISH TROOPS

WERE SERVING IN UPPER CANADA.


13TH HUSSARS             23RD REGIMENT      47TH REGIMENT

ROYAL ARTILLERY     24TH      "                    68TH        "

MILITARY TRAIN         29TH      "                    71ST         "

ROYAL ENGINEERS     30TH      "                    79TH        "

1ST REGIMENT             32ND      "                    81ST        "

6TH        "                         34TH      "                    83RD       "

8TH        "                         40TH      "                    85TH       "

15TH      "                         41ST       "                    89TH       "

16TH      "                         42ND      "                    93RD       "

17TH      "                         43RD       "                    RIFLE BRIGADE

ROYAL VETERAN REGT.      ROYAL CANADIAN RIFLES

      "       NAVAL ARTIFICERS     YORK RANGERS MILITIA

      "       NEWFND'LD. REGT.      GLENGARY FENCIBLES  

                            INCORPORATED MILITIA



Rear:

IN MEMORY OF OFFICERS, NON-COM-

MISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN WHO

WERE KILLED, DIED OF WOUNDS AND DIS-

EASE, IN THE FOLLOWING REGIMENTS

OR COMPANIES OF REGIMENTS ENGAGED

DURING THE WAR OF 1812-1815 UPON THE

WESTERN CANADIAN FRONTIER, WEST OF

KINGSTON


ROYAL ARTILLERY      ROYAL ENGINEERS

19TH DRAGOONS     41ST REGIMENT     100TH REGIMENT

1ST REGIMENT          49TH        "                103RD        "

6TH        "                      82ND       "                104TH         "

8TH        "                      89TH       "

ROYAL VETERAN REGT.                         SIMCOE MILITIA

      "    NEWFOUNDLD  REGT.        GLENGARY FENCIBLES     "

PROV. DRAGOONS MILITIA           YORK RANGERS                 "

WATTSVILLE REGT.    "                    1ST MORFOLK                   "

CANADIAN FENCIBLES    "             COLOURED CORPS & INDIANS

 



Left side:

DEFENCE OF YORK,
NOW TORONTO.

IN MEMORY OF OFFICERS, NON-COM-
MISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN WHO
WERE KILLED OR DIED OF WOUNDS IN
THE FOLLOWING REGIMENTS OR COM-
PANIES OF REGIMENTS ENGAGED IN THE
DEFENCE OF YORK (TORONTO).
APRIL 27TH 1813.


ROYAL ARTILLERY
ROYAL NAVAL ARTIFICES
8th REGIMENT (OF FOOT)
ROYAL NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT

GLENGARY FENCIBLES MILITIA
INCORPORATED MILITIA

 








 

 



Saturday 29 June 2024

Copper Cliff

 

Location:  Sudbury District     N 46.47428   W -81.06688

In the Memorial Garden, corner of Power Street and Balsam Street.

 

This memorial sits in the town's Memorial Garden, dedicated to the remembering the past of this small community.  Copper Cliff's was established mostly to house workers from the very nearby INCO mine.

The memorial consists of a tall concrete obelisk with a stylized sword at the top and a smaller concrete wall with two plaques on the front and three smaller plaques on the back.  The area surrounding the memorial is well landscaped and has a bench to rest and reflect.  The two plaques on the front of the wall are dedicated to the brave men of this area who died in the World Wars.  The Great War plaque is dedicated to the men of nearby INCO towns, the second is strictly for men from Copper Cliff who died in the Second World War.

Marker text:

Front:

Left plaque:

IN HONOUR

AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN

OF INCO TOWNS WHO GAVE UP THEIR

LIVES DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

 

COPPER CLIFF

BRUCE, ALLAN

BRUCE, JAMES

CAMPBELL, C.

CAVELL, A.H.

GAGNON, E.W.

GRIFFIN, GEORGE FRASER

HANLON, W.

HOLMES, CHARLES

HOLMES, L.A.

HYLAND, F.J.

JACKSON, PERCY J.

KILPATRICK, MELVILLE

KNOX, HARVEY

LACKEN, W.J.

LEWIS, C.H.

MCDONALD, RODERICK

 

MOIR, A.E.

MORRISON, ALBERT

MORRISON, F.

MORRISON, J.

PHILLIPS, WILLIAM

QUINN, JOHN

SIMMONS, HARRY

SMITH, WALKER

STEVENSON, J.V.

STODDART, HARRY

TAYLOR, W.

YANDON, EDWIN

YANDON, WALKER

 

WORTHINGTON

NESBITT, KENNETH

NESBITT, STANLEY

 

BRUCE MINES

BEATON, GORDON

COUSINEAU, GEORGE

INGRAM, FRASER

MACLEOD, CLIFFORD

NICHOLAS, M.

 

CONISTON

FREELS, J.

GORAN, MICHAEL

HARMON, ROY

LONG, ANDREW

METCALFE, GEORGE A.

MUIRHEAD, SAMUEL

PREVOST, J.E.

ROBERTSON, J.A.

TUDDENHAM, WESLEY

 

GARSON

CHAPMAN, ALBERT

DUBE, WILLIAM

GORMAN, C.

MORTIMER, GEORGE

WHITE, ERNEST

 

CREIGHTON MINE

BURNS, ROBERT

GORMAN, T.C.

READER, JAMES

SMITH, CHARLES

ST. ARNOLD, JOSEPH

STEVENSON, JOHN GUY

WOODRUFF, ARTHUR

 

CREAN HILL

KING, HERBERT

 

CANADIAN LEGION OF THE B.E.S.L.

COPPER CLIFF BRANCH

 

 

Right plaque:

IN MEMORY OF OUR COMRADES

FROM THE TOWN OF COPPER CLIFF

WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

DURING WORLD WAR 2    1939-1945

 

McKINNON DUNCAN

BUCK FRED

LECLAIR HECTOR 

LOWNEY JOSEPH

JORDAN WILLIAM

KEAST ROBERT

FELDHANS JOHN


TIPLADY ERIC

CRAWFORD NATHEN

McINTYRE HARRY

GUTHRIE EDGAR

DEPEW NEIL

BLUEMAN HENRY

 

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

 

 

 

 

Rear:

DEDICATED TO

VETERANS OF

THE KOREAN WAR

1950-1953

 

 

DEDICATED TO

CANADIAN

VIETNAM VETERANS

1960-1975

 

 

VETERANS 

OF

GULF WAR

AND

AFGHANISTAN WAR

 












 

 

 

 




Saturday 30 March 2024

London - Forest Lawn Cemetery

 

Location:  City of London     N 43.00640   W -81.16720

At the entrance to the cemetery, 2001 Dundas Street.

 

This memorial is found just inside the gates of the Forest Lawn Cemetery.  It consists of a black granite stele with appropriate words of remembrance for those who served in the World Wars and Korea.  Flanking the memorial is the veterans plot with dozens of markers of former servicemen and women who bravely performed their duties for their country. All grave markers in this section are lying flat on the ground.  A single Canadian flag marks the plot.

Marker text:

LEST WE FORGET


IN MEMORY OF

OUR FALLEN COMRADES

WHO SERVED THEIR

COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO

MADE THE SUPREME

SACRIFICE

 

WORLD WAR I

1914     1918


WORLD WAR II

1939     1945


KOREAN WAR

1950     1953


DONATED IN MEMORY OF

HERBERT GILVEAR

AUG. 30, 1905     MAY 18, 1993