Saturday, 25 March 2017

Kincardine

 

Location:  Bruce County     N 44 10.731   W 81 38.231
In front of the Legion, 219 Lambton Street.
 
 

This memorial is found in front of the Royal Canadian Legion MacDonald Branch #183, a beautiful old structure in the heart of Kincardine.  A military shaped marker declares this to be "Military Hill".  Along with the memorial featuring the names of those lost in the World Wars, the Legion has a mural on the side of the building and a concrete pyramid of smaller personal memorials erected by it's members.  I found this to be very touching, something we do not often see.
The main memorial was erected here in 1978, when it was moved from the branch's previous location.  Accompanying the stone with the names of the lost local heroes, is a red granite cross.
A very attractive Legion branch in a scenic town, this memorial is worth visiting if you are in the area.
 



Marker text:
Front:
Red Granite Cross:
(Legion Crest)

WE SHALL
REMEMBER THEM
 

Roll of Honour stone:
1914 - 1918
WORLD WAR I

C. BUCKINGHAM
P. BRIDGE
N.D. BELL
C.W. BELL
R.O. CAMPBELL
J.E. DUNLOP
O.J. DANIEL
W. FRASER
J.S. FINLAYSON

G.H. FYFE
E. GOSSEL
F. KNOX
G. KNIGHT
P.A. McPHAIL
D.H. McPHAIL
A.N. McPHERSON
E. PORTER
D.C. REYNOLDS

T.M. SINCLAIR
B. STEWART
E. STEWART
J.A. STEWART
J.L. SNOWDON
G. SHEWFELT
J.W. MOORE
W.J. McCONNELL
T.G. WILLIS

A.T. WHITMAN
W.E. BARBER
H.M. MacLAREN
C.E. SCOTT
J.M. ROWE
J.R. WATSON
R. HURFORD
J. CARROLL
L. CARTER

1939 - 1945
WORLD WAR II

M. ALEXANDER
G.M. ANDERSON
K. CLARKE
W.G. COBEAN
W. DAVEY

F. HALL
R.H. HENRY
E.C. HOPKINS
A. JENNINGS
S. KINCAID

H.D. LOUGH
D. LOVERIDGE
J. MUNRO
N.S. MacDONALD
D. McGAW

J.G. MacLEOD
G.C. PARKINSON
M. ROWE
H. WELSH

1950 - 1953
KOREAN WAR
 



Military Hill stone:
MILITARY HILL
DEDICATED
TO ALL THE
MEN AND WOMEN
PAST - PRESENT -
FUTURE
OF OUR
CANADIAN & ALLIED
FORCES
WE THANK YOU
2004
 






 













Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Parham

 

Location:  Frontenac County     N 44 39.222   W 76 42.973
On the east side of County Road 38, beside the Oddfellows Lodge.
 

A very simple memorial, found in a picturesque hamlet along the back roads of Ontario.  The memorial was constructed in 1956, consisting of a fieldstone cairn as the base of a flagpole, with a plaque on the face of the cairn.  I have found very little information regarding this memorial, including what the initials "W.I." stand for after the name Parham.
Even the smallest of hamlets can find a way to pay honour to those who served their country.



Marker text:
IN GRATEFUL TRIBUTE
TO THOSE WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY
IN TIME OF WAR
PARHAM W.I.
NOV. 11, 1956



Friday, 10 March 2017

Delhi

 

Location:  Norfolk County     N 42 51.269   W 80 29.710
On the south side of King Street (Highway 3), east of Queen Street.


This memorial is part of a large park in the heart of Delhi.  At one end of the park is this memorial, while at the other end is a memorial dedicated to Hungarian refugees who fled here after the revolution against communist rule, and their thank you to Canadians for welcoming them here.

The memorial consists of a three piece granite wall that give honour to those from this district who paid the supreme sacrifice during times of war and during peacekeeping duties.  The local Branch #125 of the Royal Canadian Legion is largely responsible for the upkeep of the memorial, and presided over the 2009 re-dedication which added the contributions of United Nations Peacekeepers to the cenotaph.  This was done to remind local citizens that Remembrance Day is not only to pay tribute to those who fought in the Great Wars, but also of the recent service of local men and women to maintain peace throughout our nation and the world.

At the time of my visit, there where no flags flying from the decorated flagpoles.  This struck me as odd, but perhaps my timing was just an unfortunate coincidence with the replacement of newer flags.



Marker text:
Front:
Centre:
LEST
WE
FORGET

IN MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF DELHI AND DISTRICT
WHO PAID
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

UNITED NATIONS
PEACEKEEPING
(NATO)


1950 - 1953
KOREAN WAR

Left:
PATRIOTIC SERVICE

1914 - 1918

WORLD WAR I

Right:
FOREVER REMEMBERED

1939 - 1945

WORLD WAR II
 












Saturday, 4 March 2017

Thorold

 

Location:  Niagara Region     N 43 07.477   W 79 11.778
Located in Memorial Park, at the corner of Albert Street E. and Chapel Street S.
 

Excerpts from the Semi-Weekly Post of Tuesday, October 25th, 1921: The Thorold War Memorial, located in Memorial Park, was unveiled on Sunday, October 30, 1921 at 2:30 p.m. and was erected by the citizens of Thorold to: Honour the Memory of the Men of Thorold, who gave their lives for the cause of freedom in the Great War, and in grateful remembrance of those who shared its dangers. The unveiling ceremony, held on a beautiful day before an immense crowd, was given particular poignancy by the fact that the current mayor, F.G. Grisdale, was barely able to speak during his address. Two of the names on the monument were those of his own sons. The memorial was unveiled by Lieut.-Col. Donald Sharp, who organized the 176th regiment and spent several years overseas. The memorial is a massive and magnificent construction, some seventeen feet high over all, on a triple base. The funds to build the War Memorial were raised by the Thorold Reed Band, under the leadership of Mr. W.A. Philip. The beautiful 16 page programme to be distributed by the committee will contain the portraits of nearly all the foregoing, not all the pictures being available. The Memorial Committee comprised of: Joseph Battle, Chairman and a former mayor; A.B. Begg; Leslie McMann; T.A. Weldon; D. Daverin; P.R. Warner; Roger Strong; George Burley; Capt. F.S. Speck; Winsor Philip; W.A. Hutt, Secretary. The War Memorial is a landmark in the city and an important part of its history. It shows the reverence and respect of the whole community for those citizens who served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their names live forever on the memorial, and are enshrined in the history of the city. Later a monument bearing the names of those from Thorold who died during the Second World War and the Korean War was added to the park. Designation of this monument under the Ontario Heritage Act serves to recognize, protect and celebrate this landmark as an important part of history and as a dedication to those who fought for freedom. Tribute is paid to Thorold's fallen heroes each year on Decoration Day and Remembrance Day. The War Memorial is a landmark in the City and an important part of our history. The whole community, through the Memorial, shows their reverence and respect for those citizens who served their country and who made the ultimate sacrifice. Their names live forever on the Memorial, and are permanently enshrined in the history of the city.
**Taken from www.veterans.gc.ca



Market text:
Front:
IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF
THOROLD
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM
IN THE GREAT WAR
AND IN GRATEFUL
REMEMBRANCE OF
THOSE WHO SHARED
ITS DANGERS

THOROLD
 





Right side:
JAMES ARMSTRONG
RUSSELL AKRIGG
ST. CLAIR BOWLBY
CHARLES ALFRED BODDY
JAMES E. CONSTABLE
JAMES CAPONE
TIMOTHY S. CARTMELL
JOHN E. COLE
JAMES CUNNINGHAM
FRED DOHERTY
DAVID DEUMO
CHARLES DAVIS
JAMES DUNBAR
JOHN ELLIS
JOHN ALLEN FORRESTER
GEORGE GASS
CHARLES GRENVILLE
ARTHUR GRISDALE
LIONEL GRISDALE
HERBERT HALLAM
JACK HATTON
DAVID ALBERT INGHAM
FRED KELLS
PERRY LAWN
JOHN LEITCH
OLIVER MILLER
JAMES MILLER
WELLINGTON GRIFFITH

1914-1919
 





Back:
MONS - YPRES
PASSCHENDAELE
HOOGE - ARRAS
SANCTUARY WOOD
COURCELETTE
AMIENS - ST. ELOI
VIMY RIDGE
GIVENCHY
LENS - DOUAI
BOURLON WOOD
FESTUBERT
SOMME - CAMBRAI

THOROLD
 





Left side:
WILLIAM MORRIS
JAMES McGREGOR
THOMAS McCALLUM
THOMAS McCULLOCK
JAMES McCORMICK
ALEXANDER McKAY
FRANK PRATT
BURT PERRIN
GEORGE RIDDLE
ELIJAH ROGERSON
PERCY RICHINGS
ARTHUR RANDLE
JOSEPH A. SWINDLE
JOHN STEWART
EDWARD S. SAUNDERS
JAMES TIFFNEY
WILLIAM R. THOMAS
WILLIAM TAPP
HOWARD THEAL
JOSEPH ALLAN UPPER
WILBERT W. WILSON
J.V. WRIGHT
CHARLES WILSON
JAMES C. WILLIAMSON
AMOS WELHAM
ARTHUR WINDSOR
GEORGE WINDSOR

1914-1919
 





Stone in front:
1939-1945

ARTHUR J. BECK
DONALD E. BENNIMAN
HAROLD BIRCH
JOHN BOYUK
DAVID BROMLLY
JOHN F. BROWN
STANLEY BUTTERFIELD
JAMES CAMPBELL
EDDIE CLARK
MARTIN T. CARROLL
ROBERT J. CARTMELL
CALVIN N. CLUDERAY
MARTIN CRAWFORD
KENNETH DICKINSON
GEORGE R. DOWNS
LESLIE DUCKETT
EARL J. DePLANCHE
SAMUEL FRASER
DOUGLAS F. GROSE
DAVID B.F. HIGGINS
JAMES W. HOBA
HARVEY R. LAFFERTY
DOUGLAS LAVIS
STANLEY B. LESZCZYNSKI
ANTHONY S. LODBOA
TERRENCE E. McDERMOTT
JAMES McNAMARA
ALEXANDER J. MUIR
ALBERT W. NICOL
WILLIAM OWEN
JOHN RATCLIFFE
WESLEY ROBERTS
DONALD ROBERTSON
DEAN RYCKMAN
WILLIAM SCAPLEHORN
CLARENCE SNYDER
RAYMOND SPENCER
RICHARD G. STEVENS
WILLIAM TOBIN
WILLIAM W. TURNER
BERNARD E. WELCH
JAMES WHITE
JOSEPH WHITE
HUGH R. YOUNG


KOREAN WAR

NORMAN HUGHES
ROBERT W. HOLDITCH
ROY McPHEE

LOST ON ACTIVE DUTY
KEVIN McNULTY

DIED ON ACTIVE DUTY
VINCENT COLLINGS
WILLIAM KEMPSON
DONALD W. McCOMBS

-FROM THE KING'S MESSAGE
"THEY GAVE THEIR OWN LIVES
THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE IN FREEDOM
LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT
THAT THEIR NAMES NOT BE FORGOTTEN."

Back of stone:
1939 - 1945
JACKSON LOWRY









Friday, 24 February 2017

Verona

 

Location:  Frontenac County     N 44 29.038   W 76 41.553
On the east side of Cty. Road 38, in McMullen Manor Park.
 

This memorial was erected as part of the 1967 Centennial activities.  It is sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 260, and was donated by the citizens of Portland Township.
It is a simple memorial dedicated to the cause of peace, mentions no wars or individual names of those who served, only a remembrance of those who died for our freedom.



Marker text:
Front:
1867      1967

VERONA
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
BRANCH 260

IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE
OF OUR COMRADES
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM

DONATED BY THE CITIZENS OF
PORTLAND TOWNSHIP AND DISTRICT
 









Friday, 17 February 2017

Ilderton

 

Location:  Middlesex County     N 43 04.678   W 81 23.180
On the north side of Ilderton Road, at the entrance to the Arena/fairgrounds.
 

This memorial is sponsored by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 531, which is located nearby.  The granite stone pays tribute to the major wars of the 1900's and lists the names of those lost from this community.  Although only a short distance from the City of London, Ilderton has always maintained a rural feel to it, largely being a farming centre until the recent encroachment of the city has turned this busy village into a bedroom community. 
 



Marker text.
LEST WE FORGET

IN MEMORY OF THOSE
FROM THIS COMMUNITY
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY

WORLD WAR I
1914 - 1918

WORLD WAR II
1939 - 1945

KOREAN WAR
1950 - 1959

WWI
A.J.M. SHORE
W.G. SCOTT
J.M. WILLIAMS

WWII
J.R. PAISLEY
H.C. IRWIN
D.J. POOLE
J. SPARLING
A.W. OLIVER

KOREAN
J.R. ALLEN