Saturday, 10 April 2021

Pakenham

 

Location:  Lanark County     N 45.33010   N -76.29061

On the east side of County Road 29, beside the public school.

 

 This cenotaph is situated in the Pakenham Township Community Horticultural Park which is situated on the right of Pakenham Public School. 
The Pakenham area is known for the five-arch stone bridge built across the Mississippi River.  Built in 1901, it is the only five-arch stone bridge in North America. The community itself is named for Major-General Sir Edward Pakenham who was killed near the Mississippi River in the southern United States commanding British forces at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. 

The Celtic Cross on the memorial symbolizes the Irish heritage of the early settlers to this area.  The names of the brave men who made the supreme sacrifice in the World Wars are listed on the cenotaph.


**Special thanks to fellow researcher Louise Bellec for the photos and the description.


Marker text:

Front:  

                                                                           KOREA

                                                                        1950 - 1953

 

                                                             TO THE GLORY OF GOD

                                                      AND IN SACRED MEMORY OF

                                                             PTE.W.E. FISHENDEN

                                                                   JAN. 7th 1917

                                                               PTE. E.W. GEMMILL

                                                                   NOV. 3rd 1917

                                                             PTE. A.W. FISHENDEN

                                                                  FEB. 28th 1918

                                                                PTE. A.T. BURGESS

                                                                   AUG. 8th 1918 

                                                            PTE. A. WILLIAMSON

                                                                  AUG. 14th 1918

 

                                    MEN FROM THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

                                                            IN THE GREAT WAR

 

                                           THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

 

 

 

 

Right:           

                                                                  1914 - 1918

                                                                   J. H. BLAIR 

                                                                   W. FRASER

                                                                T. HAGGERTY


                                                               G. T. LAIDLAW

                                                                 T. MUNDAY

                                                                     L. SEAL

                                                                 J. SINCLAIR

 

                                             MEN FROM THIS TOWNSHIP WHO
                                               MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

 

 

 

Left:                                                          1939 - 1945

                                                              W. A. CAMPBELL

                                                                R. H. DEUGO

                                                               E. J. LEDOUX

                                                            A. E. B. LAIDLAW

                                                                D. S. SCOTT

                                                               K. A. SCOTT

 

                                           MEN FROM THIS TOWNSHIP WHO
                                            MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

 










 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 2 April 2021

Tillsonburg

 

Location:  Oxford County     N 42.86208   W -80.72914

In front of a shopping mall, at 200 Broadway Street

This memorial, known as The Soldiers Memorial Monument was unveiled on Armistice Day, November 11th, 1929 to great fanfare and a celebration of remembrance for the local heroes who died in the Great War.  The monument cost the citizens of Tillsonburg $3800 and fundraising was a true community effort, spearheaded by the Lions Club.  The memorial stands nineteen feet high and is made of light grey La Casse granite from Quebec, the same as that used for the gargoyles on the Peace Tower in Ottawa.  The impressive monument has remained in the same spot where it was originally erected in 1929, but the surrounding area has changed dramatically in the many years that have passed.  It was once located in a promenade centered in the main street in front of the Town Hall, but having never been relocated, now sits in front of a shopping plaza, a black iron fence surrounding the memorial.  The names of the major battles of The Great War are engraved in the sides of the cenotaph, while a plaque on the back lists the names of the fallen from both World Wars.  In 2014, a small plaque was added to recognize the sacrifices made in Afghanistan.

 


Marker text:

Front:

1914-1918          1939-1945

IN MEMORY

OF THOSE WHO PAID

THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

AND

IN HONOUR OF THOSE

WHO SERVED

IN

THE GREAT WARS

WORLD WARS I & II

& KOREA

AFGHANISTAN

UNITED NATIONS          PEACEKEEPERS

 


Left side:

YPRES

FESTUBERT

SICILY

SANCTUARY WOOD

FRANCE

MT. SORREL

SOMME

GERMANY

VIMY

 

 

 

Right side:

HILL 70

PASSCHENDAELE

ITALY

AMIENS

BRITAIN

ARRAS

CAMBRAI

ATLANTIC

MONS

 

 

 

Back:

1914     WORLD WAR I     1918

ALLEN, A

AMOS, AH

ATTWATER, HF

BELL, S

BELLAS, J

BERRY, EG

BLATCHFORD, EA

BLATCHFORD, TL

BOYLE, FS

BYNG, JD

CAMPBELL, WH

COVINGTON, WH

CURTIS, RS

DAVIDSON, T

DICK, MW

DOVE, H

DOWNEY, JL

EASEY, AJ

ELLIS, JW

ELMER, E

FAIRS, GH

FISHER, HW

FISHER, W

FRANKLIN, C

FREED, JE

GREENWOOD, EJ

HARRIS, LW

HEAPE, W

HEARSEY, CF

HOLLINGSHEAD, EG

HOOPER, EW

JENNINGS, CT

KAAR, G

LEDBURY, B

MALCOLM, FE

MATTHEWS, HC

MOWFORTH, GR

MULDER, G

NEVILLE, HH

OATMAN, WB

OSTRANDER, H 

RICHEY, RE

RUSSELL, CS

SCOTT, SW

SINGER, C

SMITH, TM

STARKISS, SG

STOTT, A

STROUD, FL

WILLIAMS, GE

WILLIAMS, J

WRIGHT, FF

YOUNG, EE


1939     WORLD WAR II     1945

BEAVIS, WH

BREMNER, DAE

BREMNER, FC

BRINGLOE, JH

BROWN, GF

CAMPBELL, CA

COBB, NA

COLVIN, JM

DAVIS, OL

EITEL, EL

FISHER, FL

FOX, AJD

FRENCH, WE

GEROW, WJ

GRAHAM, WH

HAGELL, JG

HALL, G

HANEY, P

HAWKINS, AB

HAYCOCK, WC

HOLLINGSHEAD, J

LECKIE, JL

LESTER, RL

LEWIS, CF

LIDSTONE, RJ

LOCKEY, GJR

MARTIN, AE

MIELL, HE

MUDFORD, V

MYRICK, JF

MYRICK, PR

PALMER, L

PORTER, J

RICE, RM

ROBINSON, FV

RODGER, LR

ROUSE, HE

SMITH, KW

STROUT, AC

WALDECK, CE

WALLINGTON, S

WILKINSON, GL

WOOD, HNH

 

DONATED IN MEMORY OF F/O JIM SERGEANT R.C.A.F. WWII

 

"ALL'S WELL FOR OVER THERE AMONG HIS PEERS A HAPPY WARRIOR SLEEPS"

 

Photo from the unveiling.  November 11, 1929.  Same location as today, different surroundings.









Saturday, 27 March 2021

Forest

 

 

Location:  Lambton County     N 43.10252   W -81.99543

6272 County Road 12 (Townsend Line), in front of the Community Hall.

This memorial proudly stands in front of the Forest Community Hall, the statue of a Great War soldier, carved from Italian marble, standing tall over the grey granite shaft that will forever display the names of those who died in the two World Wars.  The memorial was originally unveiled in 1922 to great ceremony and dignity.  The original location was on King Street, north of the railroad station.  In 1950, the statue was re-located to its present location, to ensure its continuing importance and maintenance by the town landscaper.  In 2017 the Municipality of Lambton Shores undertook a major restoration of the grounds surrounding the Cenotaph. The following year the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 176, with funding assistance in the form of a grant from Veteran Affairs commissioned major restoration work on the statue. A re-dedication ceremony was held on June 3, 2019.  Today, a pair of "Lest We Forget" benches sit beside the pathway that leads to the cenotaph and saplings of the Vimy Oaks Legacy have been planted to accompany the statue of the lone soldier who peers down upon the names of the dead in sad remembrance.


For more information about the cenotaph, see the website of the Forest Legion Br. 176:  https://forestlegion.ca/cenotaph




Marker text:

Front:

ERECTED BY THE 

CITIZENS OF FOREST

IN HONOUR OF

HER LOYAL SONS WHO SERVED

AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF THOSE

WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE


OUR FALLEN HEROES

JOSEPH W. COLE.

FREDERICK CORE.

CHARLES E. COLE.

Dr. A.E. LLOYDE.

JOHN L. PATTERSON.

ELLSWORTH ROGERS.

WALTER VENNEER.

JOHN L. WARWICK.

ORVILLE WILSON.

GORDON ELLERKER.

LIEUT. JOHN W. COULTIS.

HARRY JENNINGS.

 

1914 - 1918

 

 

 

 

Back:

1939 - 1945

OLIVER BRANDON

LLOYD BRESSETTE

JOHN BROWN

HAROLD DURRANT

IVAN GARRETT

VINCENT HUBBARD

HARRY KEAST

WILLIAM LEONARD

DONALD McRAE 

PENRI MORRIS

ALLAN PENHALE

THOMAS ROTHWELL

FRANK THAINE

HERMAN THOMAS

WALTER WARD

DOUGLAS MOODY








Sunday, 21 March 2021

Galt - Mountview Cemetery

 

 

Location:  Waterloo Region     N 43.36147   W -80.32814

At the south end of Mountview Cemetery, just off Blenheim Road.

 

This memorial was erected to honour the men of Galt who died in the First World War.  Galt is now part of the larger city of Cambridge, but it once had its own identity, history and charm.  A beautiful part of the city, well worth visiting if you are in the area.

The Honour Roll lists those lost, as well as the battle, affiliation, age and date of death.  The stone with the engraving is made of granite, while the accompanying statue of a soldier at rest, is made of marble.  The statue is weathered although it retains its distinct importance as given to it by the Sons of England Society that commissioned the work.  The beauty of this statue and the quiet setting of the cemetery give the viewer much time and opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice of those who gave all for our freedom.

Marker text:

1914     1919

 

KILLED IN ACTION

 

ST. JULIEN
1ST BATT. SGT. E.J. ROWE, APRIL 23, 1915  AGED 31


FESTUBERT
11TH BATT. CPL. R.G. BARNES MAY 29, 1915  AGED 21


YPRES
2ND BATT.  PIONR E. LAMBDEN MARCH 14, 1916  AGED 36


ST. ELOI
34TH BATT.  PTE. A.H. DREW APRIL 2, 1916  AGED 23


HILL 70
1ST BATT.  LCPL. H.A. LANNING JUNE 13, 1916  AGED 31


SOMME
37TH BATT.  PTE. H. LUCK JUNE 3, 1916  AGED 25


VIMY RIDGE
111TH BATT.  CPL. A. MC DONALD APRIL 9, 1917  AGED 18
111TH BATT.  PTE. J.F. WARD APRIL 11, 1917  AGED 32


FRESNOY
111TH BATT.  PTE. J. YARROW APRIL 30, 1917  AGED 28
111TH BATT.  LCPL. S. THOMAS MAY 3, 1917  AGED 25

DROWNED
SMN  H.M.S. NIOBE W. HAISELL JUNE 27, 1917  AGED 47

ERECTED BY
LODGE ROYAL OAK No. 26
SONS OF ENGLAND SOCIETY
AS A TRIBUTE

TO OUR FALLEN BRETHREN