Saturday, 10 April 2021

Pakenham

 

Location:  Lanark County     N 45.33010   N -76.29061

On the east side of County Road 29, beside the public school.

 

 This cenotaph is situated in the Pakenham Township Community Horticultural Park which is situated on the right of Pakenham Public School. 
The Pakenham area is known for the five-arch stone bridge built across the Mississippi River.  Built in 1901, it is the only five-arch stone bridge in North America. The community itself is named for Major-General Sir Edward Pakenham who was killed near the Mississippi River in the southern United States commanding British forces at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. 

The Celtic Cross on the memorial symbolizes the Irish heritage of the early settlers to this area.  The names of the brave men who made the supreme sacrifice in the World Wars are listed on the cenotaph.


**Special thanks to fellow researcher Louise Bellec for the photos and the description.


Marker text:

Front:  

                                                                           KOREA

                                                                        1950 - 1953

 

                                                             TO THE GLORY OF GOD

                                                      AND IN SACRED MEMORY OF

                                                             PTE.W.E. FISHENDEN

                                                                   JAN. 7th 1917

                                                               PTE. E.W. GEMMILL

                                                                   NOV. 3rd 1917

                                                             PTE. A.W. FISHENDEN

                                                                  FEB. 28th 1918

                                                                PTE. A.T. BURGESS

                                                                   AUG. 8th 1918 

                                                            PTE. A. WILLIAMSON

                                                                  AUG. 14th 1918

 

                                    MEN FROM THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

                                                            IN THE GREAT WAR

 

                                           THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

 

 

 

 

Right:           

                                                                  1914 - 1918

                                                                   J. H. BLAIR 

                                                                   W. FRASER

                                                                T. HAGGERTY


                                                               G. T. LAIDLAW

                                                                 T. MUNDAY

                                                                     L. SEAL

                                                                 J. SINCLAIR

 

                                             MEN FROM THIS TOWNSHIP WHO
                                               MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

 

 

 

Left:                                                          1939 - 1945

                                                              W. A. CAMPBELL

                                                                R. H. DEUGO

                                                               E. J. LEDOUX

                                                            A. E. B. LAIDLAW

                                                                D. S. SCOTT

                                                               K. A. SCOTT

 

                                           MEN FROM THIS TOWNSHIP WHO
                                            MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

 










 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 2 April 2021

Tillsonburg

 

Location:  Oxford County     N 42.86208   W -80.72914

In front of a shopping mall, at 200 Broadway Street

This memorial, known as The Soldiers Memorial Monument was unveiled on Armistice Day, November 11th, 1929 to great fanfare and a celebration of remembrance for the local heroes who died in the Great War.  The monument cost the citizens of Tillsonburg $3800 and fundraising was a true community effort, spearheaded by the Lions Club.  The memorial stands nineteen feet high and is made of light grey La Casse granite from Quebec, the same as that used for the gargoyles on the Peace Tower in Ottawa.  The impressive monument has remained in the same spot where it was originally erected in 1929, but the surrounding area has changed dramatically in the many years that have passed.  It was once located in a promenade centered in the main street in front of the Town Hall, but having never been relocated, now sits in front of a shopping plaza, a black iron fence surrounding the memorial.  The names of the major battles of The Great War are engraved in the sides of the cenotaph, while a plaque on the back lists the names of the fallen from both World Wars.  In 2014, a small plaque was added to recognize the sacrifices made in Afghanistan.

 


Marker text:

Front:

1914-1918          1939-1945

IN MEMORY

OF THOSE WHO PAID

THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

AND

IN HONOUR OF THOSE

WHO SERVED

IN

THE GREAT WARS

WORLD WARS I & II

& KOREA

AFGHANISTAN

UNITED NATIONS          PEACEKEEPERS

 


Left side:

YPRES

FESTUBERT

SICILY

SANCTUARY WOOD

FRANCE

MT. SORREL

SOMME

GERMANY

VIMY

 

 

 

Right side:

HILL 70

PASSCHENDAELE

ITALY

AMIENS

BRITAIN

ARRAS

CAMBRAI

ATLANTIC

MONS

 

 

 

Back:

1914     WORLD WAR I     1918

ALLEN, A

AMOS, AH

ATTWATER, HF

BELL, S

BELLAS, J

BERRY, EG

BLATCHFORD, EA

BLATCHFORD, TL

BOYLE, FS

BYNG, JD

CAMPBELL, WH

COVINGTON, WH

CURTIS, RS

DAVIDSON, T

DICK, MW

DOVE, H

DOWNEY, JL

EASEY, AJ

ELLIS, JW

ELMER, E

FAIRS, GH

FISHER, HW

FISHER, W

FRANKLIN, C

FREED, JE

GREENWOOD, EJ

HARRIS, LW

HEAPE, W

HEARSEY, CF

HOLLINGSHEAD, EG

HOOPER, EW

JENNINGS, CT

KAAR, G

LEDBURY, B

MALCOLM, FE

MATTHEWS, HC

MOWFORTH, GR

MULDER, G

NEVILLE, HH

OATMAN, WB

OSTRANDER, H 

RICHEY, RE

RUSSELL, CS

SCOTT, SW

SINGER, C

SMITH, TM

STARKISS, SG

STOTT, A

STROUD, FL

WILLIAMS, GE

WILLIAMS, J

WRIGHT, FF

YOUNG, EE


1939     WORLD WAR II     1945

BEAVIS, WH

BREMNER, DAE

BREMNER, FC

BRINGLOE, JH

BROWN, GF

CAMPBELL, CA

COBB, NA

COLVIN, JM

DAVIS, OL

EITEL, EL

FISHER, FL

FOX, AJD

FRENCH, WE

GEROW, WJ

GRAHAM, WH

HAGELL, JG

HALL, G

HANEY, P

HAWKINS, AB

HAYCOCK, WC

HOLLINGSHEAD, J

LECKIE, JL

LESTER, RL

LEWIS, CF

LIDSTONE, RJ

LOCKEY, GJR

MARTIN, AE

MIELL, HE

MUDFORD, V

MYRICK, JF

MYRICK, PR

PALMER, L

PORTER, J

RICE, RM

ROBINSON, FV

RODGER, LR

ROUSE, HE

SMITH, KW

STROUT, AC

WALDECK, CE

WALLINGTON, S

WILKINSON, GL

WOOD, HNH

 

DONATED IN MEMORY OF F/O JIM SERGEANT R.C.A.F. WWII

 

"ALL'S WELL FOR OVER THERE AMONG HIS PEERS A HAPPY WARRIOR SLEEPS"

 

Photo from the unveiling.  November 11, 1929.  Same location as today, different surroundings.