Saturday, 13 August 2022

Hawkesbury

 

Location:  Prescott and Russell Counties     

N 45.60700   W -74.60491

In front of the OPP Station, 419 Cartier Boulevard.

 

This memorial sits in a narrow strip of land in front of the OPP Station, that was designated as Veterans Park in September 1998.  The cenotaph is a tall obelisk that was erected on May 24, 1924.  The park is also home to other memorials honouring lost members of the OPP.  Hawkesbury is largely a Francophone community and as such, the plaques are mostly in French.  I am told by my associate researcher that where there is English on the plaques, the wording does not directly translate to the French equivalent.  The left side and the rear plaque are identical but one is French the other is English.  Nevertheless, the memorial does list the names of all the members of this community who died in the World Wars while serving our country.

*Photos by Louise Bellec. 


Marker text:

Front:

CORÉE – KOREA
1950 – 1953

 

LA VILLE DE HAWKESBURY
RECONNAISSANTE
A SES SOLDATS MORTS
DURANT LA GRANDE GUERRE
1914 – 1919

LIEUT. E.G.HIGGINSON JR. R.A.F.
SOLDAT P.BELLEFEUILLE C.E.F.
SOLDAT J.CAYEN C.E.F. SOLDAT W.CAMPBELL C.E.F.
SOLDAT J.FOUCAULT C.E.F.
SOLDAT J.GORMAN C.E.F.
SOLDAT J.GAGNON C.E.F.
SOLDAT G.HARKIN C.E.F. SOLDAT H.HOWLETT C.E.F.

LIEUT. J.J.SHERMAN R.F.A.
SOLDAT J.LABELLE C.E.F.
SOLDAT J.MCGILLIS C.E.F.
SOLDAT F.MCGLINCHY C.E.F.
SOLDAT L.PARK C.E.F.
SOLDAT J.POIRIER C.E.F.
SOLDAT J.TAILLEFER C.E.F.
SOLDAT J.TIMBERS JR. C.E.F.
SOLDAT H.WEBSTERS C.E.F.

DEVOILÉ LE 24 MAI 1924
PAR S.E.LORD BYNG DE VIMY
G.C.B., G.C.M.G., M.O.V. ETC.
GOUVERNEUR GENERAL DU CANADA.
“JE ME SOUVIENS”

PARC DES VETÉRANS
Designé par le Conseil municipal
de la Ville de Hawkesbury
le 28 septembre 1998

VETERANS PARK
Designated by the Municipal Council
of the Town of Hawkesbury
on September 28, 1998

 

 

 

Right side:

ROLL OF HONOUR
IN GRATEFUL TRIBUTE TO
THOSE OF THIS TOWN WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919


LIEUT. E.G. HIGGINSON JR. R.A.F.
PTE. P. BELLEFEUILLE C.E.F.
PTE. J.CAYEN C.E.F.
PTE. W.CAMPBELL C.E.F.
PTE. J.FOUCAULT C.E.F.
PTE. J.GORMAN C.E.F.
PTE. J.GAGNON C.E.F.
PTE. G.HARKIN C.E.F.
PTE. H.HOWLETT C.E.F.


LIEUT. J.J.SHERMAN R.F.A.
PTE. J.LABELLE C.E.F.
PTE. J.MCGILLIS C.E.F.
PTE. F.MCGLINCHY C.E.F.
PTE. L.PARK C.E.F.
PTE. J.POIRIER C.E.F.
PTE. J.TAILLEFER C.E.F.
PTE. J.TIMBERS JR. C.E.F.
PTE. H.WEBSTER C.E.F.

“LEST WE FORGET”

 

 

Left side:

ROLL OF HONOUR
IN GRATEFUL TRIBUTE TO
THOSE OF THIS TOWN WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
2ND GREAT WAR 1939 – 1945


F.O. M. MACLEOD
L.T. H. HUDSON
L.T. G. LAVOILETTE
PO. G. BERTHIAUME
PO. J. E. MCGIBBON
W.O.I. R. HUDSON


SGT. D. RHEAUME
PTE. S. MCINTOSH
PTE. A. LAROCQUE
PTE. P. VILLENEUVE
PTE. J. ROBERTSON
PTE. J.M. DICAIRE

 

Back:

LA VILLE DE HAWKESBURY
RECONNAISSANTE
A SES MILITARIES MORTS
DURANT LA 2IEME GRANDE GUERRE
1939 – 1945


F.O. M. MACLEOD
L.T. H. HUDSON
L.T. G. LAVOILETTE
PO. G. BERTHIAUME
PO. J. E. MCGIBBON
W.O.I. R. HUDSON


SGT. D. RHEAUME
PTE. S. MCINTOSH
PTE. A. LAROCQUE
PTE. P. VILLENEUVE
PTE. J. ROBERTSON
PTE. J.M. DICAIRE

DEVOILÉ LE 4 SEPT 1950
PAR S.E. LE MARECHAL TRES HONORABLE
VICOMTE ALEXANDRE DE TUNIS
K.G., G.C.B., G.C.M.C, C.S.I., D.S.O.,
GOUVERNEUR GENERAL DU CANADA
“JE ME SOUVIENS”



















 

 


Saturday, 6 August 2022

Wahta Mohawks First Nation

 

Location:  Muskoka District     N 44.99433   W -79.77729

2664 Muskoka Road 38, 250 metres east of Highway 400.

 

The memorial dedicated to the Wahta First Nations was first featured on this site in September 2012.  You can still see that post in the archives, although that memorial is no longer there.  The original stone from that first memorial has been incorporated into the design of the new memorial.  The new memorial was erected in front of the new Wahta Mohawks Administration and Community Centre, in November 2015.

This new memorial has been completely re-done on a grand scale.  The names of all the local Mohawks who volunteered for service the World Wars, Korea and Peacekeeping are forever carved into the grey granite stones. Those who died while serving have their names engraved on the tall, centre stone. There are now five stones that make up the memorial, four dedicated to those who served their country in the military and one dedicated to those who went through the Residential school system.  The entire monument is decorated with children's shoes in memory of the history of the residential school system.

I have chosen not to cover the history of the Residential Schools, that chapter can be found elsewhere for those who are interested.  This site is focused on the cenotaphs and memorials dedicated to those who bravely served their country in times of war and peace.  Sadly, many of the names appear in both the school survivors and the military service personnel.


Marker Text:

Centre front:

WAHTA MOHAWKS MEMORIAL

 

WORLD WAR I

SAMUEL COMMANDANT

 

WORLD WAR II

JOHN LaFORCE

HERMAN STOCK

 

IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO

MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

 

DEDICATED NOVEMBER 11, 2015

 

 

 

 

Centre back:
TO HONOUR

THE MEN AND WOMEN

FROM GIBSON

WHO VOLUNTEERED

FOR ACTIVE SERVICE

WORLD WAR I

WORLD WAR II

THE KOREAN WAR



Left stone:

WORLD WAR I

ELI COMMANDANT

SAMUEL COMMANDANT

JACKSON DEWASHA

JOSEPH LAFLECHE

SOMON LAFORCE

THOMAS LAFORCE

PETER MONTOUR

MARK NELSON

PATRICK STOCK

ROBERT STOCK


KOREA

NORMAN SAHANATIEN

HOWARD THOMPSON


PEACE KEEPERS

GORDON J. COMMANDANT

W. GEORGE COMMANDANT

 



Left centre stone:

WORLD WAR II

ARTHUR COMMANDANT

FERDINAND COMMANDANT

GEORGE COMMANDANT 

HARVEY COMMANDANT

RICHARD COMMANDANT

SIDNEY COMMANDANT

ARCHIE DECAIRE

DAVID DECAIRE

FRANCIS DECAIRE

GORDON DECAIRE

PERCIVAL DECAIRE

JOSEPH DEWASHA

MITCHELL FRANKS

SIMON LAFORCE

JOHN LAFORCE

GEORGE MARTIN

ERNEST MARTIN

EDWARD NEWS

FREDRICK NEWS

 

 

 

Right centre stone:

JEFFREY NEWS

WILSON NEWS

PHOEBE RENNIE

GORDON SAHANATIEN

LEONARD SAHANATIEN

LOUIS SAHANATIEN

NORMAN SAHANATIEN

HARRY STOCK

HERMAN STOCK

JOSEPH STOCK

PATRICK STOCK

ROBERT STOCK

HOWARD THOMPSON

ROY THOMPSON

BEATRICE WHITE

CHRISTOPHER WHITE 

 

 

 

Right stone:

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

List of names. 

 

 






 

 






Sunday, 24 July 2022

Cooper

 

 

Location:  Hastings County     N 44.63469   W -77.46958

In the cemetery, on the west side of Cooper Road (County Road 12), just north of Barry Road.

 

This memorial is another fine example of finding a cenotaph in a place that I didn't even know existed.  Cooper is a small hamlet on the edge of the Canadian Shield.  There are some farms located sporadically around this very rural area and its a weekend getaway to cottagers.  There are no stores or much of anything in the area, just a crossroads and a few houses.

The memorial itself is a tall red granite shaft with a bust of a typical WWI soldier at the top.  The names of those lost in the World Wars are engraved in the granite, six in WWI and one from WWII.  The cemetery is rather large considering the size of the community, it has many gravestones from the first settlers to present day, and several military style grave markers to remember those who proudly served and are buried here.

 

Market text:

Front:

MAJOR S. BRUCE VANLEEK

KILLED IN ACTION AT CAMBRAI

SEPT. 29TH 1918

AGED 34 YEARS

 

PRIVATE EDWARD CANNIFF

KILLED IN ACTION AT VIMY RIDGE

MAY 9TH 1916

AGED 27 YEARS

 

ERECTED

IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS

BY THE FRIENDS OF COOPER AND REMINGTON

1914 - 1918 

 

 

 

 

Right side:

PRIVATE ALFRED WARD GORDON

KILLED IN ACTION AT PASSCHENDAELE

OCT. 26TH 1917

AGED 24 YEARS

 

PRIVATE ALFRED NUNNEY

KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE

APRIL 4TH 1918

AGED 23 YEARS

 

 

 

 

 

Back:

WILLIAM ASKHAM

KILLED IN ACTION D-DAY

JUNE 6TH 1944

AGED 33 YEARS

 

 

 

 

Left side:

PRIVATE THOMAS C. BROAD

KILLED IN ACTION AT FESTUBERT

MAY 24TH 1915

AGED 33 YEARS

 

PRIVATE ALVIN PARKS

KILLED IN ACTION ON THE SOMME

OCT. 7TH 1916

AGED 27 YEARS