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