Sunday, 20 June 2021

Toronto - RAF Memorial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

 

Location:  City of Toronto     N 43.69881   W -79.37382

In Mount Pleasant Cemetery, a short distance inside the Bayview Avenue gates.

This memorial was erected to pay tribute to the airmen who died while on duty in Canada as members of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force during World War I.  This was before the 1920 creation of the RCAF.

Later, the dates of World War II were also added.  A brass emblem of the RAF is mounted at the top of the tall granite stone.  No names are mentioned on the memorial, but several former servicemen are buried in this busy cemetery, including one of the most famous of them all, William G. Barker V.C.  You can see my previous post of his memorial by following this link:  http://ontariowarmemorials.blogspot.com/2013/03/toronto-william-g-barker.html

The Mount Pleasant cemetery is the final resting place of dozens of people who served gallantly for the cause of freedom.  A wonderful resource of the detailed list WWI & WWII Commonwealth War Graves found here:   file:///C:/Users/Tim/AppData/Local/Temp/mount-pleasant-cemetery-wwi-wwii-cwgc-listing.pdf

 


Marker text:

(RAF crest)

TO

THE MEMORY

OF

THE OFFICERS

NON-COM. OFFICERS

CADETS AND

AIRMEN

OF THE ROYAL FLYING 

CORPS

AND

ROYAL AIR FORCE

WHO DIED

WHILST ON DUTY

IN CANADA

1917 - 1919

1939 - 1945









Saturday, 12 June 2021

LaRue Mills

 

Location: Mallorytown in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville

GPS: N 44.431691  W 75.885784

 

 

This memorial is situated on the north side of the scenic Thousand Island Parkway near where Old River Rd and Buells Point Rd meet. Located on the left at the entrance of the historical LaRue Mills cemetery, is a bench with a plaque honouring 12 men from the Front of Escott Township who lost their lives in WWI and WWII.

 

Both, the memorial and cemetery are easily missed as they are situated far from the road. At first I was looking for the cemetery. Took me a long time to find it until I realized that when there is a sign saying there is an historical place or plaque, you better slam on your brakes because it is where that sign is, not further at the next street. Saw the bench and at first thought that is was dedicated to someone who passed away or maybe that the bench was donated by a generous benefactor until I read the plaque, then I knew that it was a memorial dedicated to some brave men who died for us. 

We shall remember them.

 

***Photos and description by Louise Bellec.

 

Plaque on bench :                      IN MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM
                                                         FRONT OF ESCOTT TOWNSHIP
                                                            WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN
                                                                WORLD WAR I AND 

                                                                  -----------

 FREDERICK F. COOK      MORTON HODGE    FREDERICK SALTER 

 RICHARD L. GIHON   FRANK BENNETT  GEORGE W. MALLORY

                                                                 ------------

 MORRIS H. LAMBERT    JACK D. BUELL    IRVINE I. DONOVAN

 CHARLES A. MASSEY Jr.   HUGH C. LYNCH    RANDY M. RUNNING

 WILLIAM L. SIMPSON    DOUGLAS MOULTON   WILLIAM G. McKEE






 

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Ottawa - War of 1812

 

Location:  City of Ottawa     N 45.42436   W -75.69654

On the north side of Wellington Street, in front of the East Block of the Parliament Building.

This memorial statue sits on Parliament Hill, on the South East corner of East Block, facing the National War Memorial. It is dedicated to the people, from all walks of life, who defended Canada during the War of 1812. It was unveiled on November 6, 2014.

Triumph through diversity was designed by Adrienne Alison as a 200th anniversary of the War 1812 monument on Parliament Hill. The figures are:

- Metis fighter and cannon

- woman bandaging French Voltigeur combatant

- Royal Navy sailor and rope

- First Nations warrior pointing

- Canadian militiamen

- British Army

- Royal Newfoundland regiment firing musket

**The above description is taken from  https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/national-inventory-canadian-memorials/details/8647

 

Marker text:

THE FIGHT FOR CANADA

1812 - 1815


Fought on land and water, the War of 1812

helped shape the future of Canada.  To defeat

the American invasion, people from various

walks of life came together - men and women;

military personnel and civilians; English, French

and Aboriginal peoples.  The figures on this

monument reflect the diversity of those who

joined forces to defend this land and ensure

Canada's existence.

(repeated in French)












Sunday, 23 May 2021

Lucan

 

Location:  Middlesex County     N 43 11.388   W -81 24.117

In front of the Legion, 136 Market Street.

 

 

A simple memorial in front of Branch 540 of the Royal Canadian Legion.  The memorial is dedicated to veterans of the World Wars and Korea.  In the park across the road, a large artillery piece stands as a reminder of the horrors of war.  The Legion hosts its annual Remembrance Day ceremonies at this location.  As with most Legion branches, the 540 plays a key role in the life of this small community.

Lucan is best known as the home of the 1880 Donnelly Massacre, the famous feud and murder of five members of a local family, which has gone unsolved to this day.  The murders have been the subject of many books and movies.  A local museum dedicated to the murders is frequently visited by the curious who seek more information about this legendary incident.

Marker text:

(Legion crest)

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN

AND IN THE MORNING,

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


WWI     WWII     KOREA

1914      1939         1950

1918      1945         1953

 














Saturday, 15 May 2021

Munster

 

Location:  City of Ottawa    N 45.166368   W -75.939504

In Munster Union Cemetery, 2821 Munster Road.

 

 

Named after the province of Munster, Ireland and also known as Munster Hamlet, this village was established as a post office by 1866 and became amalgamated into the city of Ottawa in 2001. Although Munster is a quiet small place to live it has its own school, park, church, restaurant, community centre and library. It is probably considered a bedroom community or just a place you pass by to get somewhere else. The biggest attraction is just around the corner and it would be Saunders Farm. A very popular place with its outdoor mazes, summer camps and Halloween activities just to name a few. Its location is great as you can easily commute to historical Richmond, Ottawa, Carleton Place.

 

At least, Munster has its own memorial to honour their war dead. The 3 local brave soldiers who by their unselfish act so we might live, are mentioned on the billboard at the entrance of the cemetery, showing the location of the newly erected memorial. It mentions only the names of their war dead of WWI, date and place. I do not know much about the date of the unveiling or if there was a ceremony. I can only assume that it was erected between mid-June and August 9th, 2019 as both times I was there taking photos. It might be too early to know if the locals would be congregating at this monument for Remembrance Day.

 

Special thanks to Louise Bellec for the photos and  description.

 

Monument:

 

OUR HONORED DEAD

 

1914 - 1918

 

PTE. EDWARD J. BIRD
DIED AT MESSINES, FRANCE
JUNE 10, 1917

 

PTE. R. LORNE FALLS
DIED AT HILL 70, FRANCE.

APRIL 9, 1918

 

PTE. JONATHAN VERNER FEATHERSTON
KILLED AT CAMBRIA, FRANCE
SEPT. 29 1918.

 

ERECTED BY

MUNSTER L.O.L. NO. 917 AND FRIENDS