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.
OF THOSE WHO PAID
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN HONOUR OF THOSE
THE GREAT WARS
WORLD WARS I & II
UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS
1914 WORLD WAR I 1918
1939 WORLD WAR II 1945
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"