Saturday, 4 December 2021

Bothwell

 

Location:  Chatham-Kent     N 42.63111   W -81.87106

Next to the Town Hall, 320 Main Street. 

Bothwell owes its origins to the vision and leadership of George Brown, one of the Fathers of Confederation, who purchased 4,000 acres of land in the vicinity, started several industries, and soon the small community grew and then prospered when in 1861when oil was discovered in the area.  The oil wells dried up in a mere fifteen years and the prosperous town began to falter, only now has it once again reached its 1860's population of 3,500 people.

The memorial is located beside the Town Hall.  It was originally erected to honour the brave souls who served and died in the Great War.  Their names are forever engraved in the granite stone.  A small plaque with the names of those lost in World War II was added at the base of the memorial, but was not present when I visited the memorial.

 

 

Marker text:

Front;

IN FLANDERS FIELDS THE

POPPIES BLOW

BETWEEN THE CROSSES

ROW ON ROW

 

1914     1918

 

THEIR NAME ENDURETH

FOR EVERMORE

 

OUR HONOURED DEAD

BERT LAWRENCE

WM. LITTLE

HUGH McCALL

CLIFF MILLER

KERNETH PARKER

FRED NEWMAN

ERNEST TUNKS

FRED HAWES

EARNEST WRANCHER

BERT McINTYRE

FRED MYRES

FRED JONES

ROBERT BATMAN

HARRY STONEHAM

WALTER TOBIAS

STEPHEN LOGAN

 

 

 

 

 

Rear:

THEY ALSO SERVED

FRED CLARKE

RUBEN BRADLEY

THOS LYNN

CHAS McROBERTS

JOHN McROBERTS

WESLEY ELLWOOD

EARL CROMPTON

GEO KRIBBS

JAS JOHNSTON

NORMAN JOHNSTON

WM. HEYWOOD

FRANK ROSEBRUGH

PETER HICKS

JOHN CALDERWOOD

ERNIE BUCKENHAM

HENRY HAWES

CHAS BURROWS

 





 



Saturday, 27 November 2021

Sudbury

 

Location:  City of Sudbury   N 46.48985   W -80.99238

Located in memorial Park, corner of Brady and Minto Streets.

 

This Beautiful memorial was officially unveiled in November 1957 to great fanfare and ceremony to honour the dedication of the 575 citizens from this area who gave their lives in the World Wars and Korea.  The grey granite monument stands nineteen feet tall and is an impressive site in the downtown area.  The Memorial Park is also home to several other memorials and a small population of homeless people.  Sadly, it seems to be a gathering spot for those less fortunate and can be an uncomfortable place to visit.  Fortunately, the park is kept fairly clean by the city.  A poem composed by poet Laureate Rudyard Kipling for Branch 76, Royal Canadian Legion in 1928 is inscribed on the monument.  There are no names listed on this memorial, but they can found nearby on the memorial wall, which will be featured in a future post.  


Marker text:

Front:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

AND IN MEMORY OF

OUR VALIANT DEAD

 

WORLD WAR I

WORLD WAR II

KOREA

 

WE GIVING ALL GAINED ALL NEITHER LAMENT US

NOR PRAISE ONLY IN ALL THINGS RECALL

IT IS FEAR NOT DEATH THAT SLAYS

 

 

 

 

Back:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

AND IN MEMORY OF

OUR VALIANT DEAD

 

WE GIVING ALL GAINED ALL NEITHER LAMENT US

NOR PRAISE ONLY IN ALL THINGS RECALL

IT IS FEAR NOT DEATH THAT SLAYS







 

 

 

 

 



Saturday, 20 November 2021

Delaware

 

Location:  Middlesex County     N 42.90686   W -81.42048

Behind the Legion, 11577 Longwoods Road.

 

This memorial is found behind the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 598.  It is made from two grey granite stones standing on a granite base.  The stones have the names of the war dead from this community who where lost in the two World Wars engraved on the face.  The Legion and the Lions Club were the leaders behind making this memorial a reality.  A pair of benches have been placed in front of the memorial to allow those who have come to pay their respects, the time to rest and reflect on the heroes of the past.


Marker text:

Front:

LEST WE FORGET

WORLD WAR I

PT.E THOMAS CUMMINGS

PTE. HERBERT HAYS

PTE. THOMAS HAYS

PTE. ALLISTER McGREGOR


WORLD WAR II

LAC. HOWARD GREEN

P.O. STANLEY KEITH KAISER

LAC. GRANT McKAY

SGT. AG. JOHN LEWIS SPARLING


WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

 

 

 


Back:

THE FREEDOMS, ADVANTAGES AND STANDARDS OF

THE PRESENT, WERE PAID FOR BY THE INDUSTRY,

HARDSHIPS AND SACRIFICES OF THE PEOPLE OF

THE PAST.

WE DEDICATE THIS MEMORIAL TO THE WILLING

AND GALLANT PERSONNEL OF THE ARMED SERVICES

WHO SERVED THE CROWN AND CANADA.


DELAWARE TOWNSHIP AND AREA PERSONS

PARTICIPATED IN:

THE WAR OF 1812      1812-1815

THE BOER WAR          1899-1902

WORLD WAR I             1914-1918

WORLD WAR II            1939-1945

KOREAN WAR              1950-1952

 

ERECTED BY BRANCH 598, THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION

AND THE DELAWARE LIONS CLUB.

 




 




Sunday, 14 November 2021

Westport

 

Location:  Leeds and Grenville Counties     N 44.66882   W - 76.39651

10099 County Road 10 (Perth Road).

 

 

Westport is the smallest municipality (by land area) in Ontario and also has the smallest weekly newspaper. It is a touristic and scenic area. In Westport there is the Foley Conservation Area, a provincial fish sanctuary and of course a port.

 

This memorial is situated on the front lawn of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 542 in Westport ON. What is probably unique about it, is that a ship mast is used in lieu of flagpoles. It might reflect part of what Westport is.

 

The memorial consist of a big rock with a small plaque sitting on a pedestal. On each side some bushes and behind a ship mast with the Ontarian, Canadian and Royal Canadian Legion flags.

 *Thanks to Louise Bellec for the photos and description.

 

Plaque:                                               UPPER RIDEAU

                                                              BRANCH 542

                                                  ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION

 

                                                              ERECTED TO

                                               HONOUR THE MEMORY OF

                                               OUR DEPARTED COMRADES






 



Saturday, 6 November 2021

Plantagenet

 
Location:  United Counties of Prescott and Russell
N  45.52634    W -74.99155 
At the corner of County Road 9 and Water Street. 
This small village is part of the Franco-Ontarian area of the province.  Plantagenet is known for its annual baked bean festival.  Nearby, you can also find some of the most delicious cheese curds you will ever try.
The memorial was erected in 1977 by St. Paul's Parish, located in a small triangle of land at the convergence of two major roads.  The grey and black granite cenotaph pays tribute to the men and women from this community who have bravely served their country.  The words are forever engraved in both official languages.  The translation from French to English is not the same as engraved in the stone.  My fellow researcher Louise Bellec, was kind enough to translate the French for us before her untimely passing earlier this year.  Louise also provided all the photos and information for this location.


Marker text:
 
A LA MÉMOIRE DES NOTRES
QUI ONT COMBATTU DURANT
LES GUERRES DE NOTRE PAYS

DE LEUR BRAVOURE
DE LEURS SACRIFICE

NOUS NOUS SOUVENONS

 

IN MEMORY OF THE SONS
AND DAUGHTERS OF THIS
COMMUNITY WHO SERVED 
IN THE WARS OF THEIR COUNTRY

 

THEY HAVE NOT SACRIFICED
IN VAIN
AS LONG AS YOU TOO
REMEMBER THEM

 

EN RECONNAISSANCE


IN GRATEFUL APPRECIATION

PAROISSE ST-PAUL PARISH

PLANTAGENET
1977

 

ÉRIGÉ PAR LE COMITÉ DU CENTENNAIRE

 

 

Actual translation:

 In memory of ours

who fought during

the wars of our country

 

Of their bravery

and their sacrifices

we are remembering