Sunday, 13 August 2017

Long Branch

 

Location:  Etobicoke, City of Toronto   N 43 35.428    W 79 31.934
At the corner of Park Blvd and Long Branch Avenue
 

Long Branch was a small community along the shore of Lake Ontario, along what is now the boundary of Toronto and Mississauga. 
Nearby was the location of the Long Branch Aerodrome, established in 1915 and operated by the Curtiss Flying School until 1917 when it was taken over by the Royal Flying Corps.  It was the first aerodrome to operate in Canada. 
Long Branch was also home to Small Arms Ltd., producing Lee-Enfield rifles and Sten guns during WWII.  The factory finally closed in 1976 and much of the complex has been demolished.
The cenotaph was erected in 1933, by Branch 101 of the Royal Canadian Legion, to pay tribute to this communities contribution to World War I, and later World War II and Korea.  No names appear on the cobblestone cenotaph, other than the wars previously mentioned.  A black fence surrounds the memorial, to protect it from the ravages of its urban setting.



Marker text:
Front:
TO OUR
GLORIOUS DEAD
1914 - 1918

IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
1939 - 1945

KOREA
1950 - 1953
 




Back:
ERECTED
BY
BRANCH 101
CANADIAN LEGION
LONG BRANCH
 













Saturday, 5 August 2017

Caledonia

 

Location:  Haldimand County     N 43 04.402   W 79 56.954
On the north side of Caithness Road E., at Edinburgh Square.
 

The cenotaph was erected in honour of the 28 men from this town who died in the Great War. Situated in front of the former Town Hall, this park is now a heritage and cultural centre for the surrounding area. A bronze plaque was added later to list a further 20 heroes whose lives were lost in the Second World War.  The Korean War was also acknowledged.  The names of key battles of the Great War are listed on the sides of the memorial. 
The memorial was refurbished in 2012, and at that time a separate bronze plaque listing the names of all those who served in WWII from Seneca Township was also refurbished and located here.  This Seneca plaque was originally unveiled in 1947, but for several years mysteriously disappeared into the bowels of the Haldimand Museum.




 
Marker text:
Cenotaph:
Front:
THEIR NAME
LIVETH FOR
EVERMORE

BUNTON, HENRY
BAKER, FRANKLIN C.
BRETTINGHAM, GEO. A.
BOWDITCH, JOHN
BURRELL, EDWARD
CHIDLEY, P. FRED
CLARK, CHAS. F.
EDWARDS, GEO.
FLOWERS, NORMAN
FREGUSON, W.R.
FORTUNE, F.H.
HANNA, JOS. J.
HALFPENNY, WM.
JONES, ROBT. N.
LOVE, ALFRED
LAMBOURNE, FRANK
LAIDLAW, JAMES
MANIEX, DANIEL
McDOWELL, J.
PARKIN, CHAS. L.
PARRISH, GEO. L.R.
PETTIGREW, MERRITT
PETTIGREW, T.W.
SAWLE, H.K.R.
SMITH, W.J.
SIMPSON, W.A.
THORNTON, ARCH. C.
YOUNG, JAMES


1939 - 1945
WALTER H. ALLAN
KENNER S. ARRELL
NEIL M. BAIN
FRANK BARNHARDT
DONALD BATES
KENNETH A. DOUGLAS
J. LEWIS GIBSON
IVAN W. KELLY
JOHN R. LEE
JAMES McALPINE
WILLIAM K. MOFFAT
J. SHIELD NORTON
C. ARTHUR PARKE
CHARLES RUMBLES
JAMES SAMUEL
DOUGLAS SPENCER
ALEXANDER STELMAN
JOHN C. TATE
JOSEPH P. DUNS
GEORGE R. THOMPSON


IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF CALEDONIA
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

KOREAN WAR   1950 - 1953
 



Left side:
YPRES
SOMME
FESTUBERT
PASSCHENDAELE
GIVENCHY
MONS
 


Right side:
ARRAS
AMIENS
CAMBRAI
SANCTUARY WOOD
VIMY RIDGE
HOOGE




Seneca Plaque:
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THE TOWNSHIP OF SENECA
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN WORLD WAR II
AND IN HONOUR OF THOSE WHO SERVED THEIR KING AND COUNTRY

THE FOLLOWING PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE:
BAIN NEIL
BREMER PHILIP
CARVER MALCOLM
LEE JOHN
OPENSHAW THOMAS
PARKE ARTHUR
SMITH LESLIE
STELMAN ALEX

LIST OF THOSE WHO SERVED:
BAIN ANGUS
BROOKS HAROLD
BROWN FRANCIS
COWIE G. RAYMOND
CUMMINGS JACK
CONNOR FRANCIS
CHRISTENSEN HAROLD
DICK CLEM
DOUGLAS EARL T.
DUNSTALL LAURIE
DAWES ARTHUR
FORSTER JACK
FORSTER ALEX E.
FLETCHER RALPH
FOX CHARLES
GINGRICH HAROLD
GUYATT DR. BEN
HARRISON STANLEY
HAMILTON MARY
HAMILTON MURRAY
HEWITT LORENE
HANNAH ROY
HANNIGAN MERLE

HANNIGAN NORMAN
HAWTHORNE AUBREY
HYSLOP RALPH
HYSLOP JOHN
HYSLOP KENNETH
JAKEMAN ALFRED
KOLLEE MATTHEW
KOLLEE WILLIAM
KLUSS CHESTER
LYNCH JOHN
LAIDMAN HAROLD
LEE GEORGE A.
LEFFLEY THOMAS
LEFFLEY ROBERT
LEDGER THOMAS
LONG JOHN
LONG JAMES
LONG COLIN
LONG ALEX
LATTIMER ALETHA
MANNING FRANK
MARTIN JOHN R.
MARTIN WILLIAM P.

MARTIN ROBERT O.
MARTINDALE WILLIAM
MOORE MURRAY
MOORE LYLE
MITCHELL WESLEY
OVEREND HARRY
OVEREND EARL
OTTERMAN MATTHEW
PATTERSON MURRAY P.
PATTERSON HUGH B.
PARKE STANLEY
RIDLEY FRANK
RIDELL ALLEN
ROBINSON FRANCIS
RUNCHEY BLAKE
ROBINSON FRED
ROBINSON THOMAS
ROSS JAMES
RENSHAW DONALD
RENSHAW CLIFFORD
ROBINSON LEO
STONEMAN WILFRED
SHELLARD NEVILLE

SMITH NORMAN
SMITH MARGARET
SMITH JOSEPH
SPITTAL JAMES
STROUD JOHN
SHIPWAY JAMES
SMUCK EDGAR
TEMPLETON WILFRED
TEMPLETON ROY
TEMPLETON MARGARET J.
TWEEDLE RAYMOND
THOMPSOM JAMES
THOMPSON EVERETT
THOMPSON STEWART
WALES ELMER
WILLIAMSON ALLAN
WALKER JOHN
WARRING LOUIS
WARRING JAMES
YOUNG FRANK A.
YOUNG KENNETH
YOUNG DAVID

ERECTED BY THE TOWNSHIP OF SENECA

















Saturday, 22 July 2017

Newtonville

 

Location:  Durham Region     N 43 56.330   W 78 29.580
On the north-east corner of Highway 2 and Newtonville Road.
 

Erected in 1902 to honour the memory of Captain W.P.K. Milligan, who was killed in battle in South Africa.  The name of this local hero is engraved into the granite obelisk, and above his name is the crest of the Durham Regiment, later known as the Midland regiment.
I have provided a historic photo of the unveiling of this monument from Victoria Day in 1902.  You can see the crowds of people who came out to honour and pay their respects to this brave soldier.  You will also notice that the base of the monument is very different than is seen today.  In 1943 a traffic accident damaged the original base, which was replaced with a cement base and relocated in Memorial Garden.  The memorial was restored once again in 1980, and is currently under the watch of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #178  and the Town of Clarington.
The left side of the memorial features two plaques dedicated to men lost in the World Wars.
 
 




 
Marker text:
Front:
ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY OF
CAPT. W.P.K. MILLIGAN
46TH REGIMENT
KILLED IN BATTLE
AT KLEINHARDT'S RIVER.
SOUTH AFRICA MARCH 31, 1902






Left side plaques:
1914     1918
IN
GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE
OF

SGT. JAMES W. BROWN
KILLED AT FESTUBERT  MAY 24th 1915

PTE. REGINALD BARTON
KILLED AT SENSEE RIVER  AUG 27th 1918

GNR. GEORGE NODEN
KILLED AT ARRAS  JULY 4th 1918

THEIR NAME LIVETH
FOR EVERMORE


Pte. Oscar G. Sowden
87th Bn., Apr. 24, 1917, France

P/O Milton R. Morton
RCAF, Nov. 2, 1944, Belgium





Sunday, 16 July 2017

Zorra Township

 
 
Location:  Oxford County     N 43 02.681   W 80 55.448
In front of the the Zorra Township offices, at the corner of 19th Line and 27th Line.
 



This memorial is dedicated to the brave men of North Oxford, now Zorra Township.  Originally erected with the names of those lost in the First World War, the names of those lost in the Second World War were added later.  The statue features a marble soldier typical of many WWI statues of the time.  The memorial was moved from Dickson's Corner to its present location.

A wonderful website and resource has been created to honour the heroes of Zorra, from the 1860's to present day.  I suggest spending several minutes here to find out more about the names engraved on this beautiful cenotaph.    http://www.heroesofzorra.ca/




 
Marker text:
Front:
HARRY McDERMOTT
HORACE BRAY
VICTOR A. COUCH
WILMOT B. CARTER
MORTON GERRIE
JOHN MOGGACH
ALBERT SAXBY
JOSEPH THOMAS
ROBERT WHITE
LAURENCE PIRIE

ERECTED BY
THE MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH OXFORD
IN MEMORY OF THEIR FALLEN HEROES
 1914 - 1918
 



 
Left side:
JOHN DOWNING
GEORGE SERVANT
ALBERT McCREERY
THOMAS HUTCHESON
JACK HOLLINGSHEAD
ROBERT CREE

IN MEMORY OF
OUR FALLEN HEROES

1939 - 1945
 









Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hamilton - Mt. Hope LAV

 

Location:  City of Hamilton     N 43 09.605   W 79 55.567
Off of Airport Road, at the Hamilton International Airport.
 

This memorial is a tribute to the mission in Afghanistan, and also to local soldiers who have lost their lives in the face of duty.  The LAV is decorated with a plaque to acknowledge the details of the mission.  A granite stone beside the vehicle list those who are responsible for this memorial, including local military regiments, a motorcycle club, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.  The memorial is found on the grounds of the Warplane museum, so it is a great place to visit to honour those who served in Afghanistan and also to view the great museum and wonderful aircraft on display, including the highly-prized Lancaster Bomber.
At the front of the LAV vehicle are smaller individual stone dedicated to Canadian Forces personnel who lost their lives in the course of duty.
There are plans to have several of these displays at various towns across Canada, this is the first one I have seen and I was impressed with the display.

 
Marker text:
Plaque on LAV:
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
 




Stones in front:
REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN
FROM ALL CONFLICTS
LEST WE FORGET
NWRA STEEL CITY

SGT. SHAWN A  EADES  CD
1 COMBAT ENG. REG.
KIA 8/20/2008 AFGHANISTAN
NWRA STEEL CITY

PRIVATE
MARK A. GRAHAM
NEVER FORGOTTEN
NWRA STEEL CITY

MAJOR
RAYMOND RUCKPAUL
LEST WE FORGET
NWRA STEEL CITY

CPL. JUSTIN M. STARK
CANADIAN FORCES
LEST WE FORGET
NWRA STEEL CITY

CPL. NATHAN F. CIRILLO
IN SERVICE TO CANADA
KOD  10/22/2014 OTTAWA
NWRA STEEL CITY