Saturday 25 July 2015
Location: Grey County N 43 59.736 W 80 54.658
In the pioneer cemetery, on the Minto-Normanby Townline at Grey Road 3.
This was a special surprise, completely unexpected. I came here originally to photograph the remains of the pioneer cemetery and was pleased to find a World War I memorial as well. The memorial is dedicated to the men lost from the community of Salem, which no longer exists. Alsfeldt is the nearest community of any sort in the area. This is a rural farming area, the community of Salem no only existing in this pioneer cemetery, and in the spirit of the locals. The cemetery and Methodist Church were established here in 1894, and the church closed and torn down in 1968.
After extensively searching other nearby towns for memorials, places like Neustadt and Ayton, and coming up empty, this was a bonus find. The community of Salem should be proud of the men who where lost in the Great War.
ERECTED BY THE
IN MEMORY OF
THEIR HEROIC DEAD
D.E. HOWES M.O.
Tuesday 14 July 2015
Location: Nipissing District N 46 22.063 W 79 55.998
Behind the Legion, on the west side of River Street.
A wonderful memorial featuring two large stones dedicated to the brave souls who have given their lives for their country, in the World Wars, Korea, and Peacekeeping.
The first stone was erected by Branch 225 of the Royal Canadian Legion, listing the names of the dead of the major conflicts. A centre flagpole also has a small plaque dedicated to one of our peacekeepers who lost his life in Cyprus in 1983.
The second stone was originally located near the Abitibi Power Dam, and was dedicated by the Abitibi Power and Paper Company, in honour of its employees who fought and died in the Second World War. Their names engraved on this attractive brass plaque. The stone was moved recently to its new location, beside the Legion. The company and the town suffered great loss during the World Wars, as indicated by the long list of lost men.
ALL THESE WERE HONOURED
IN THEIR GENERATIONS AND
WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR
TOUS CES HOMMES FURENT
HONORES PAR LEURS
CONTEMPORAINS TOUS ONT ETE
LA GLOIRE DE LEUR TEMPS
1914 - 1918
1939 - 1945
LEST WE FORGET
THIS PLAQUE IS ERECTED
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF ABITIBI POWER AND PAPER
COMPANY LIMITED AND
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE SECOND WORLD WAR
THEY GAVE THEIR ALL IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM
IN MEMORY OF
DUANE WILSON PVTE
2ND BATT. P.P.C.L.I.
Wednesday 8 July 2015
Location: Simcoe County N 44° 05.257 W 079° 40.534
On the west side of Highway 27, south of Highway 88, at the community centre.
The gates to the Bond Head Community Centre and Park, display the names of those from this small rural village who gave their live in the World Wars. The number of names on these gates, although seemingly small, is astounding, given the size of the village at the time of war. The two stone gates each display a granite plaque, engraved with the names from each World War.
Beside the gates are also two Ontario Historical Plaques, each of famous gentlemen born in Bond Head. Neither have any relation to the memorial or the wars, but history buffs might like to see the contributions of the village of Bond Head.
SGT. JAMES EDWARD CASSELLS
ROBERT EVERETT CARTER
WILLIAM J.M. WOOD
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Thursday 2 July 2015
Location: Parry Sound District N 45 37.045 W 79 53.183
In front of the Legion, on Highway 124, west of town.
A very simple memorial, resting beside the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 394. This branch of the Legion was amalgamated with the one in Michipicoten, although both villages have their own memorials. I am always so pleased to see even the smallest of villages, like Dunchurch, make the effort to support a Legion, along with a memorial, no matter how small. Makes me wonder why some of the larger towns neglect to honour those who fought for freedom.
'LEST WE FORGET'