Saturday, 20 June 2020

Maynard


 
Location:  United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
GPS: N 44.726110   W 75. 574180
Address: 3567 County Road 26, at the cemetery entrance.


Maynard is a small community part of Augusta Township in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and is situated about 5km northwest from Prescott along County Rd 26.

The cenotaph lies just beside the historical Maynard Cemetery on CR 26 between Merwyn Ln and Charleville Rd. I came across this beautiful monument by chance, as I by-passed the Trans-Canada Highway 401 West trying to avoid congestion. It reminded me of the North Gower cenotaph, situated in an area where there is not much traffic and that maybe only locals know about it. I also noted the similarities with the Toledo cenotaph.  Cenotaph was dedicated in 1920.

Flanked by the Canadian flag and the Union Jack, the cenotaph lies on a floor of tiled stones with two benches placed at an angle behind it. Leading to it, as you climb the four steps, you will notice a few trees and potted plants that adds a nice touch to this memorial. Also surrounded by some trees, it offers a quiet resting time to think of the hardship these soldiers went through and to the unselfish act of bravery of laying their lives for future generations, so we could live in peace and freedom.

Placed at an angle, originally, the cenotaph was erected for the fallen local soldiers of WWI of Augusta township, which later on plaques commemorating soldiers of WWII were added in September 1948. Once stood behind the memorial, an oak tree from the Royal Kew Gardens to mark the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937 but was removed in 1980 due to disease.
 
***Special thanks to Louise Bellec for the photos and description.

 

 
 
 
Marker text:
Left side metal plaque:
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
OUR HEROES OF THE WAR
1939 - 1945

L.CPL. CARL N. THROOP     JULY 30, 1944
P.O. IRWIN E.S. ROBINSON     NOV. 28, 1942
SGT. J. BOWMAN SPERO     SEPT. 14, 1941
L.CPL. ELMER G. SWAN     JUNE 6, 1944
PTE. KENNETH L. BAKER     AUG. 30, 1944
PTE. CLARENCE N. VICKERY     OCT. 16, 1944
SGT. ROBERT J.M. ATTRIDGE     DEC. 2, 1944

THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE.
 

Left side stone:
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
OUR HEROES OF THE WAR
1914 - 1918

PTE. ROY H. SPICER     MAY 12, 1916
SERGT. HERBERT W. HALL     JUNE 6, 1916
PTE. W. KENNETH WHITE     OCT. 1, 1916
PTE. JAMES F. HAMILL     NOV. 18, 1916
SERGT. WILLIAM E. LANE     MAR. 1, 1917
PTE. WILFRED L. WHITE     APR. 9, 1917
LIEUT. CECIL J. BOVAIRD     MAY 3, 1917
PTE. EDWARD PATTERSON     AUG. 2, 1917
PTE. HARVEY G. EWARD     AUG. 17, 1917
PTE. ELMER U. BISHOP     AUG. 18, 1917
PTE. WILLIAM SCOTT     AUG. 27, 1917
 



 
 
 
 Right side metal plaque:
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
OUR HEROES OF THE WAR
1939 - 1945

GNR. LAWRENCE WILLIAMS     MAY 15, 1944
PTE. JAMES S. HALL     MAR. 16, 1944
PTE. CLIFFORD G. YOUNG     APR. 26, 1945
TPR. DONALD W. COVILLE      APR. 13, 1945
PTE. GORDON S. FOX     DEC. 26, 1943
PTE. WILLIAM R. VANDUSEN     OCT. 14, 1944
PTE. SYDNEY SHOBBROOK     JULY, 25, 1944

THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE.
 

Right side stone:
PTE. JOSEPH N. BISHOP     NOV. 5, 1917
PTE. JOHN HYNDE     NOV. 6, 1917
CADET BURT E. HURLBERT     MAR. 7, 1918
LANCE-CORP. GORDON H. SCOTT      AUG. 17, 1918
PTE. THOMAS R. KINGSTON     SEP. 2, 1918
PTE. GEORGE PATTERSON     SEP. 2, 1918
SERGT. ROY LINDSAY     JAN. 6, 1919
PTE. STANLEY WARD     APR. 18, 1919
LANCE-CORP. MASON F. SCOTT     SEP. 23, 1919
PTE. JOHN B. WHITE     JULY 27, 1917







 

 

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