Location: City of London N 42° 59.426 W 081° 14.957
In Victoria Park, south side of Central Avenue.
This memorial is a Sherman Tank, dedicated to the honour of the First Hussars. This is the only tank of the 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment (1st Hussars) to complete the campaign in North-West Europe. This tank landed on Juno Beach on D-day, then worked its way through the liberation of France, Belgium and Holland.
The First Hussars have a storied history of providing outstanding soldiers to Canada in time of war. They were first formed as a Reserve Force Regiment in 1856 and continue to this day to proudly serve the City of London and the country as a reserve unit.
South African WarSOUTH AFRICA, 1900.
The First World WarSOMME, 1916; Flers-Courcelette; Ancre Heights; ARRAS, 1917, '18; Vimy, 1917; AMIENS; Scarpe, 1918; Drocourt-Quéant; HINDENBURG LINE; Canal du Nord; Cambrai, 1918; PURSUIT TO MONS; FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18.
The Second World WarNORMANDY LANDING; Putot-en-Bessin; Le Mesnil-Patry; CAEN; The Orne; BOURGUÉBUS RIDGE; Faubourg de Vaucelles; Verrières Ridge-Tilly-la-Campagne; FALAISE; Falaise Road; Quesnay Wood; The Laison; Chambois; Calais, 1944; The Lower Maas; THE RHINELAND; The Hochwald; Apeldoorn; Bad Zwischenahn; NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1944-1945.
Four plaques are mounted on the Holy Roller to commemorate various milestones in First Hussar history.
Front plaque top:
PRESENTED TO THE CITY OF LONDON
BY 1st HUSSARS 4th JUNE 1950
IN MEMORY OF THE FIRST HUSSARS WHO FELL
IN TWO WORLD WARS
THE ONLY TANK OF THE 6th CANADIAN ARMOURED
REGIMENT (1st HUSSARS) TO COMPLETE CAMPAIGN
IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE
D-DAY 6th JUNE 1944
VE-DAY 8th MAY 1945
Front plaque bottom:
IN COMMEMORATION OF THE
HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE FIRST HUSSARS REGIMENT
OF LONDON, CANADA
1856 - 1956
Side plaque left:
TO THE EVERLASTING MEMORY
OF THE MEMBERS OF
THE 1ST HUSSARS
BOTH THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, WHO TOGETHER WITH
OTHER ALLIED CANADIAN AND ALLIED SERVICEMEN
PARTICIPATED IN THE GLORIOUS CAMPAIGN OF 1944-1945
THE LED TO THE LIBERATION OF THE NETHERLANDS
THE GRATEFUL DUTCH CANADIANS OF LONDON
RE-DEDICATED JUNE 6, 1998 BY:
THE DUTCH CANADIANS REMEMBER
COMMITTEE OF 1995
Side plaque right:
THIS PLAQUE IS PLACED HERE TO COMMEMORATE
THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ALLIED INVASION
OF NORMANDY ON D DAY, 6TH JUNE 1944.
IT IS DEDICATED TO THE SOLDIERS OF THE
FIRST HUSSARS; TO THOSE WHO TOOK PART IN THE
ASSAULT, TO THOSE WHO FOUGHT IN THE EUROPEAN
CAMPAIGN, AND TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES TO
LIBERATE FRANCE, BELGIUM AND HOLLAND.
"HODIE NON CRAS"