Location: City of Hamilton N 43.25384 W -79.92131
Beside St. George's Church, 134 Emerson Street.
The following description of this memorial is taken from the historical sign located at the site, posted by the City of Hamilton in 2013. The memorial was erected in 1925, before West Hamilton was absorbed into the City of Hamilton in 1930.
WEST HAMILTON CENOTAPH
Every year on November 11th, the West Hamilton community
holds a Service of Remembrance at this cenotaph.
The Village of West Hamilton began in 1908. It had its own
stores, a bank, a post office and numerous athletic and social
organizations. World War I (1914-1918) had a significant effect
on the young village. From a community of about 250 families,
over 180 men served in the armed forces. Following the war, a
Memorial Committee of veterans and delegates from churches,
the Women's Institute, and social clubs raised funds to provide
a memorial for the young men killed in the conflict.
This fine granite cenotaph was unveiled in 1925 in a sunken
garden alongside St. Margaret's Anglican Church, which later
became St. George's. It depicts a cross with the title of the poem
"In Flanders Fields" along with poppies as a symbol of
The young men of West Hamilton who gave their lives in World War II (1939-1945) were honoured at "West Hamilton's 80th Birthday Reunion." A memorial stone inscribed with their names was added to the cenotaph and officially dedicated on June 12, 1988 by Reverend Canon Eric Mills of St. Margaret's Church. Representatives of local militia units participated along with the public.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of West Hamilton in 2008, the community created a Memorial Garden including benches for quiet reflection.
West Hamilton Heritage Trail
City of Hamilton
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
"OUR HONOURED DEAD"
WILLIAM A. HAVENS
GEORGE E. HENDERSON
GEORGE O. JAMES
STEPHEN J. PARISH
LEST WE FORGET
1914 C.O. CLARK WM. HOSKING 1918
1939 W. CAMERON J. STEWART A. COX 1945
G. KERSLAKE H. STEWART H. SPRING
I. McILROY P. STUART F. WARD
R. NEEDHAM E. VENUS D. BROWN
W. STEPHENSON C.W. COX D. STAPLETON