Sunday, 16 July 2017

Zorra Township

 
 
Location:  Oxford County     N 43 02.681   W 80 55.448
In front of the the Zorra Township offices, at the corner of 19th Line and 27th Line.
 



This memorial is dedicated to the brave men of North Oxford, now Zorra Township.  Originally erected with the names of those lost in the First World War, the names of those lost in the Second World War were added later.  The statue features a marble soldier typical of many WWI statues of the time.  The memorial was moved from Dickson's Corner to its present location.

A wonderful website and resource has been created to honour the heroes of Zorra, from the 1860's to present day.  I suggest spending several minutes here to find out more about the names engraved on this beautiful cenotaph.    http://www.heroesofzorra.ca/




 
Marker text:
Front:
HARRY McDERMOTT
HORACE BRAY
VICTOR A. COUCH
WILMOT B. CARTER
MORTON GERRIE
JOHN MOGGACH
ALBERT SAXBY
JOSEPH THOMAS
ROBERT WHITE
LAURENCE PIRIE

ERECTED BY
THE MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH OXFORD
IN MEMORY OF THEIR FALLEN HEROES
 1914 - 1918
 



 
Left side:
JOHN DOWNING
GEORGE SERVANT
ALBERT McCREERY
THOMAS HUTCHESON
JACK HOLLINGSHEAD
ROBERT CREE

IN MEMORY OF
OUR FALLEN HEROES

1939 - 1945
 









Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hamilton - Mt. Hope LAV

 

Location:  City of Hamilton     N 43 09.605   W 79 55.567
Off of Airport Road, at the Hamilton International Airport.
 

This memorial is a tribute to the mission in Afghanistan, and also to local soldiers who have lost their lives in the face of duty.  The LAV is decorated with a plaque to acknowledge the details of the mission.  A granite stone beside the vehicle list those who are responsible for this memorial, including local military regiments, a motorcycle club, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.  The memorial is found on the grounds of the Warplane museum, so it is a great place to visit to honour those who served in Afghanistan and also to view the great museum and wonderful aircraft on display, including the highly-prized Lancaster Bomber.
At the front of the LAV vehicle are smaller individual stone dedicated to Canadian Forces personnel who lost their lives in the course of duty.
There are plans to have several of these displays at various towns across Canada, this is the first one I have seen and I was impressed with the display.

 
Marker text:
Plaque on LAV:
In recognition and memory of the efforts of approximately
40,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served and
the 162 Canadians who died in the cause of bringing peace
and freedom to the people of Afghanistan.

2001     2014
 




Stones in front:
REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN
FROM ALL CONFLICTS
LEST WE FORGET
NWRA STEEL CITY

SGT. SHAWN A  EADES  CD
1 COMBAT ENG. REG.
KIA 8/20/2008 AFGHANISTAN
NWRA STEEL CITY

PRIVATE
MARK A. GRAHAM
NEVER FORGOTTEN
NWRA STEEL CITY

MAJOR
RAYMOND RUCKPAUL
LEST WE FORGET
NWRA STEEL CITY

CPL. JUSTIN M. STARK
CANADIAN FORCES
LEST WE FORGET
NWRA STEEL CITY

CPL. NATHAN F. CIRILLO
IN SERVICE TO CANADA
KOD  10/22/2014 OTTAWA
NWRA STEEL CITY





Sunday, 2 July 2017

Spencerville

 
 
Location:  United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
N  44 50.546   W 75 32.864
On Centre Street, in front of the Township office.
 

Spencerville is a picturesque village featuring several historical old buildings and a friendly atmosphere.  The memorial is a tribute to the honour of the heroes of the Township of Edwardsburg.  The granite stele and statue stands proudly in front of the Township office.  The long list of names engraved on this monument is impressive from a small farming community, a theme we see across the country from villages and hamlets providing some of the bravest soldiers in the war.
The names have been engraved into the granite and then highlighted by embedding the engravings with lead, which at the time lent to the belief that this would perpetuate the longevity of the monument.  Unfortunately this makes the names very difficult to read decades later.
Originally erected to honour those who died in World War I, it was further updated with the names of those lost in World War II, and later to recognize the sacrifices of Korea and Peacekeeping.
A wonderful memorial of remembrance to carry on the names of those who never returned.



 
Marker text:
Front:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR HEROES
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

THEIR NAMES SHALL NEVER PERISH
LEST WE FORGET

ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS
OF THE TOWNSHIP OF EDWARDSBURG

PTE. JOSIE COOK   APR. 22 1915
SGT. RICHARD GOODIN   MAY 7 1916
LIEUT. W. ROY KINGSTON   JULY 25 1916
LIEUT. T.W.F. MACKNIGHT  R.A.M.C.   SEP. 4 1916
PTE. Wm. H. JOHNSON   SEP. 6 1916
PTE. JAMES F. HAMILL   NOV. 18 1916
PTE. NEIL W. MUNRO   FEB. 26 1917
PTE. D.C. COYLE   APR. 9 1917
LIEUT. WESTON WARD PITT   JUNE 7 1917
PTE. PERCY McEDIS   JUNE  1917
PTE. WILLIE COLLINS   JULY  1917
PTE. FREEMAN G. BARTON   AUG. 2 1917
PTE. CHAS. N. HENOPHY   AUG. 30 1917
PTE. JOHN SIFTON   NOV. 29 1917
LIEUT. HARLOW TRIPP   MAR. 31 1918
PTE. NEWTON HENDERSON   APR. 2 1918
PTE. Wm. ARMSTRONG   AUG. 10 1918
2nd LIEUT. BALDWIN McDOUGALL   SEP. 22 1918
PTE. GEORGE L. AMELL   SEP. 28 1918
PTE. ROLAND WHITING   OCT. 31 1918
PTE. PERCY A. BARTON   NOV. 2 1918
SGT. ALEX. LYON McKENZIE   NOV. 27 1918
SGT. ROY LINDSAY   JUNE 6 1919
GUNr G. HILLIARD RIDDELL   AUG. 29 1920
PTE. HIRAM COOK   DEC. 14 1920

GUNr W.A. DUNLOP   AUG. 21 1917
NURSE LAURA A. MONTGOMERY SHOREY   NOV. 2 1918

WORLD WAR II
VICTOR L.T. HARVEY
LLOYD McGUIRE
CHARLES DIETSWEILER
EDDIE RYLANDS

HOWARD WILSON
THOS. P. QUINN
ARNOLD WALLACE
 
 





Left side:
(Legion Crest)

IN DEDICATION TO THOSE WHO SERVED
KOREAN CONFLICT
1950 - 1953

PEACEKEEPING CORPS
TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY
AND THE NOBLE DEEDS
OF THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN
WHILE ON MILITARY SERVICE
TO CANADA
AND OF THOSE WHO DIE
IN THE FUTURE
PRESERVING THE FREEDOM
OF OUR GREAT NATION
 








Sunday, 25 June 2017

Omemee

 

Location:   Kawartha Lakes     N 44 17.944   W 78 33.591
46 King Street East, beside Coronation Hall.
 

The Omemee District War Memorial is flanked by a German trench mortar and a cannon with no markings.  There is also a plaque dedicated to Victoria Cross award winner Harry Brown, who also has a plaque in his hometown of Gananoque.  I posted the two plaques for Pte. Brown in January, 2012.
This memorial, a carved stele of grey marble, lists the names of the war dead of the World Wars and Korea.  Found in a well-cared for memorial park, Omemee remains proud of its brave soldiers.


 
Marker text:
OMEMEE DISTRICT
WAR MEMORIAL

THEIR
SOULS
LIVE
ON

KILLED IN
ACTION
1914 - 1918

BROWN, HARRY V.C.
BESTOR, ROBERT
GALLAGHER, WM.
GOSSELIN, ALPHONSE
GREEN, ALBERT
HALIDAY, GEORGE
HOPKINS, JAMES
HOULIHAN, CYRIL
MARSH, LEONARD
McAULIFFE, VICTOR
McLAUGHLIN, JOS.
MILLS, FRED
MURTHA, JAMES
PERDUE, MICHAEL
POLLETT, GEORGE
POAST, ROY
SMITH, FRANK
TROTT, JOSEPH
WHITEHEAD, WM.


 KILLED IN
ACTION
1939 - 1945

BOATE, ARTHUR
BRENTON, EDWIN
BRENTON, KENNETH
FEE, GORDON
HANBRIDGE, RALPH
MAGEE, LEONARD
MURRAY, PETER
MURTHA, JAMES
ROADHOUSE, GEORGE
STEPHENSON, WM.
STRAIN, CLIFFORD
VEALS, CLIFFORD
WELL, ERNEST

KILLED IN
ACTION
IN KOREA

GARDINER, RUSSELL






Sunday, 18 June 2017

Calabogie

 

Location:  Renfrew County     N 45 17.833   W 76 43.46
On the south side of Madawaska Street, in a small park beside the lake.


This memorial sits in a beautiful location along the shore of Calabogie Lake.  It consists of two tall granite steles flanking a smaller centre stele.  The memorial was erected in 1967 by the Bagot and Blythfield Centennial Committee, making this cenotaph now 50 years old.  It certainly does not show its age, the memorial and the grounds being well cared for.  The names of those who died in the World Wars are forever engraved in the granite.  The early crest of the Canadian Legion, the British Empire Service League is also featured above the list of names.
 

Details of those lost in World War I.
CHARLES BAILEY.  Born January 11, 1882 in Calabogie.  Enlisted with the 1st Battalion in Edmonton in May of 1915.  Killed in action near Courcelette, France, September 21, 1916.  Buried in the Vimy Memorial Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.                                http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=44444

CLEVELAND CRAIG.  Born August 26, 1894 in Calabogie.  Enlisted with the 3rd Battalion in Renfrew in March of 1916.  Died of his wounds near Lapugnoy, France, August 21, 1917.  Buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France.                                                                   http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=2111

MILTON CHARBONNEAU.    Born January 1, 1897 in Blythfield, Renfrew County.  Enlisted with the 3rd Battalion in Arnprior in February of 1916.  Died in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9, 1917.  Buried in the Bois-Carre British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.     http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=39428

JACK MARTELL.  Born February 6, 1884 in Calabogie.  Enlisted with the 38th Battalion in Renfrew in December of 1915.  Killed in action, 4 1/2 miles west of Cambrai, France, September 29, 1918.   While in charge of a Lewis Gun Section advancing on the objective during an attack West of Tilloy, he was wounded in the left arm and hand by enemy machine gun fire, when about 200 yards East of the Cambrai-Douai Road.  After dressing his wounds and proceeding further he was hit in the head and instantly killed by a machine gun bullet.  Buried in the Bourlon Wood Cemetery, France.  http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=38633



Marker text:
Centre:
ERECTED BY
BAGOT
AND
BLYTHFIELD
CENTENNIAL
COMMITTEE
1967
 

Left stele:
1914 - 1918

CHARLES BAILEY
CLEVELAND CRAIG
MILTON CHARBONNEAU
JACK MARTELL

WE WILL
REMEMBER THEM
 

Right stele:
1939 - 1945

JOHN ALEXANDER BOX
JOSEPH MILTON
CHARBONNEAU
WILFRID RAYMOND GAGNON
DUNCAN RAY KIPPEN
THOMAS PATRICK MULVIHILL
EARL LLOYD NICOL
HOWARD ALEXANDRA
O'HARE
GORDON KEITH WILLIS