Saturday, 3 December 2016

Honeywood

 

Location:   Dufferin County     N 43 13.315  W 80 11.440
On the south side of Sideroad 25, just west of the fire station.
 

A very small memorial, erected in 1930 along with the accompanying Memorial Park.  The village of Honeywood is a rural farming community with a huge passion for supporting the local sports teams.  The memorial was erected to honour the four local men who died in World War I, and later a single name was added for a single soldier from World War II.

George Prentice was a private in the 1st Battalion, killed in April 1917 at the attack at Thelus, on Vimy Ridge.  His body was never recovered, listed as killed in action.  His name appears on the Vimy Memorial in France.

Sapper John William Tribble was a member of the 4th Divisional Signals Company.  He died in October of 1917 of unknown causes.  He is buried in the Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium.

Private William James Martin served with 47th Battalion, he died in May 1917 at the age of 35.  He is buried in La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, Vimy, France.

Frederick Alexander was a private with the 15th Machine Gun Company.  He died of severe head wounds from shrapnel on November 11th, 1917.  He is buried at the Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

 
Marker text:
IN MEMORY
OF
OUR FALLEN HEROES

1914 - 1918

GEORGE PRENTICE
JOHN TRIBBLE
WILLIAM MARTIN
FRED ALEXANDER

1939- Wm. SNELL -1945
 












Friday, 25 November 2016

Madoc

 

Location:  Hastings County     N 44° 30.355 W 077° 28.139
In Thomas Thompson Memorial Park, on the south side of St. Lawrence Street East.
 

This beautiful memorial was erected by the Madoc Women's Institute and unveiled with full military honours in November of 1928.  It pays tribute to the men of this vicinity who gave their lives in sacrifice during the Great War.
In later years the names of those lost in the Second World War where engraved in the back of the great stone.  A small plaque acknowledging the Korean War was also added.

Beside the memorial are two German trench mortars and also an Ontario Historical Plaque dedicated to John Weir Foote, who bravely earned the Victoria Cross on the beaches of the failed Dieppe Raid in 1942.  He is the only Chaplain to have received the highest award in WWII.




Marker text:
Front:
SOMME

FESTUBERT

VIMY RIDGE

PASSCHENDAELE

ERECTED IN HONOUR
OF THE MEN OF MADOC
AND VICINITY WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES INTHE
GREAT WAR

1914     1916

small plaque:
KOREA
1950 - 1953
 
 




 
Right side:
MONS

LEMMON MURNEY
MACKENZIE DAVID
MILLER FREDRICK M.
MITTS J.F.
MITTS ALTON
MOORE EDWARD
MacTAVISH ROWSELL M.
McCAREY WILLIAM
McGHEE MARSHALL
NEWLAND RICHARD H.
NICKLE LESLIE W.
NICKLE ROBERT J.
PARKS CHAS.
PAYETTE HENRY
PHILLIPS HERB
REID STANLEY
ROBERTS WILLIAM
RODGERS PHILLIP A.
ROSE HERBERT R.
SAGER GEORGE
SAMPLE WELLINGTON
SANDFORD JAMES W.
SMITH HAROLD
SPECK CAMERON
STORING FRANCIS N.
TAYLOR WILLIAM J.
TAYLOR HARRY
TUMELTY EARL
TUFTS ARTHUR Z.
VINCENT WILLIAM
WATSON CHARLES R.
WEESE MILTON
WEST EDWARD J.
WEST ARTHUR
WEST ROLAND
WILES CHAS.
WILKINSON WILLIAM
 




 
Left side:
YPRES

ALEXANDER JOHN J.
ALEXANDER ROBERT
ALLT JOHN S.
AYRHART CHARLES
BADGLEY JOHN
BASSETT LORNE B.
BIRD GEORGE
BRADY JAMES R.
BROADWORTH MALCOLM P.
BROADWORTH CARL Mc.
BROADWORTH ERNEST M.
BROAD THOS. C.
BRONSON JOHN A.
BROWN JOHN
BURNS LAURENCE
BURNS EDWARD
BLAIR JOHN
BENSON FRED
CARMAN LEONARD
CARTWRIGHT JOSEPH
CRAMPY JOSEPH
DEMARSH ALEXANDER
DONALDSON CHARLES H.
DOUGHTY J. CARL
FEENEY JOHN C.
GENEREAUX FRANK
GLOVER WINFRED A.
GORDON A. EDWARD
GORDON WALLACE S.
HARRIS HAROLD B.
HOLLAND GEORGE
KELLAR BRUCE
KELLAR BERT.
KENT GEORGE
KETCHESON ROSS
KINLOCH FRANK
LAIRD JOHN
 



 
 
Rear:
1939 - 1945

ASH A. RUEBEN
AULT ROBERT
BRISTOL ROBERT
BROAD LESLIE
CASSIBO BERNARD
CAVERLY CLIFFORD
COONEY HAROLD
FRANCES JEROME
GENEREAUX JACK
GILMAN PAUL
GRIFFIN HARRY
HERRINGTON ALEX
HUNTER ROBERT
KINCAID ROBERT
KIRBY STEWART
MARTIN KENNETH
McMURRAY ED.
MURRAY ALEX
REEVES MacKENZIE
ROSS WALTER
SCHAMEHORN CLIFFORD
SCOTT WALTER
SPRY CECIL
THOMPSON ROBERT
WALKER FRED
WALKER MALCOLM
WHYTOCK DONALD B.
YOUNG JAMES
 




 
Ontario Historic Plaque:
 JOHN WEIR FOOTE, V.C. 1904-1988

The only chaplain in World War II to receive the Victoria
Cross, Foote was born and raised in Madoc. He entered the
Presbyterian ministry in 1934 and enlisted in the Canadian
Chaplain Service five years later. Assigned to the Royal
Hamilton Light Infantry, Foote distinguished himself during
the ill-fated Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942. Acting "with
utter disregard for his personal safety", he ministered to
the wounded and carried injured personnel from exposed
positions on the beach to first aid posts and landing craft,
all while under heavy enemy fire.Ultimately he was taken
prisoner because he refused to abandon those who could not
be evacuated. For his courageous actions he was awarded
the Victoria Cross, the British commonwealth's highest
military decoration for valour.
Erected by the Ontairo Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Communications.
 



































 

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Oakville

 


Location:   Halton Region     N 43 23.573   W 79 42.754
2500 Lakesore Raod West.
 

A fairly modern memorial by most standards, this cenotaph can be found in Chris Vokes Memorial Park.  Major General Christopher Vokes was a senior Canadian Army officer in World War II, having commanded troops in the Battle of Ortona and the Battle of Hochwald.  He retired to his home in Oakville and died of cancer in 1985.

The memorial lists the two World Wars and Korea, but does not mention any names of the many soldiers from this town who fought and died so bravely in those major conflicts.



Market text:
Front:
A TRIBUTE
TO THE DEAD
AN ADMONITION
TO THE LIVING
LEST WE FORGET
 






Left side:
FIRST WORLD WAR
1914 1918
 





Right side:
SECOND WORLD WAR
1939 1945
 





Rear:
KOREA
1950 1953
 















Saturday, 12 November 2016

London - South African War


 

Location:  City of London    N 42 59.312  W 81 14.914
In the centre of Victoria Park, 509 Clarence Street.
 

A beautiful statue located in the centre of Victoria Park, this wonderful monument pays tribute to the men of London who fought and fell in South Africa during the 1899-1902 conflict.  The monument is topped with a bronze statue of a British Empire soldier along with a maiden of peace reaching up to offer him an olive branch of peace.
The names of the major battles of that war and the names of the dead are forever carved into the granite stone base.  Originally erected in 1912, this memorial was re-dedicated in 2000, when additional plaques were added to commemorate the Royal Canadian Regiment.
One of the most striking and beautiful memorials to be found in Ontario, in stark contrast to the horrors of the South African battles that claimed so many young lives.




Marker Text:
Front:
PRO PATRIA

"IN HONOUR OF THE MEN
FROM THE LONDON DISTRICT
WHO FOUGHT FOR THE EMPIRE
IN SOUTH AFRICA,
AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO FELL."
1899 - 1902
 


This badge is presented to
The Royal Canadian Regiment
by the City of London
1 July 2000
to commemorate the
re-dedication of the
South African War Memorial


Donated by
Imperial Order
Daughters of the Empire
(IODE)
Re-dedicated July 2000
 





Right Side:
Pte. D.L. MOORE  R.C.R. I
FEB 14th 1900

Pte. J.A. DONEGAN  26th M. Lt. I
FEB 18th 1900

Pte. R. SMITH  26th M. Lt. I
FEB 18th 1900

Pte. W.G. ADAMS  7th Regt. Fus.
APRIL 16th 1900

Pte. F.G.W. FLOYD  7TH Regt. Fus
MAY 10th 1900

Pte. E. MULLINS  R.C.R. I
 





Rear:
PAARDEBERG

DRIEFONTEIN

JOHANNESBURG

DIAMOND HILL

BELFAST

WITTEBERGEN

RELIEF OF MAFEKING
 





Left side:
ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOON

ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY

CANADIAN MOUNTED RIFLES

STRATHCONA'S HORSE

ROYAL CANADIAN INFANTRY

CANADIAN FIELD HOSPITAL
 






Saturday, 5 November 2016

Port Rowan



Location:  Norfolk County     N 42 37.287   W 80 27.037
On the north side of Lakeshore Road, west of Ellis Street.
 

Located on a hill overlooking the picturesque harbour, we find a very nice memorial dedicated to the men of this village who served and died in the great conflicts of the 20th century.  The memorial is sponsored by the local Branch No.379 of the Royal Canadian Legion.
The front of the cenotaph lists the wars, and includes the service of the Merchant Marines.  The back of the tall granite stele lists the names of those from Port Rowan and Walsingham who lost their lives in the World Wars.
The view of the harbour and Lake Erie is quite spectacular from this vantage point, giving the visitor much to see and much to remember.
 


 
Marker Text:
Front:
LEST WE FORGET

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF PORT ROWAN
AND DISTRICT WHO SERVED
AND DIED IN----------
WORLD WAR I
1914-----1918
WORLD WAR II
1939-----1945
KOREAN WAR
1950-----1953
MERCHANT MARINES  1939-45

SPONSORED BY
PORT ROWAN BRANCH
NO. 379  CANADIAN LEGION
B.E.S.L.
 



 
Back:
LOCAL SOLDIERS WHO
LOST THEIR LIVES

WORLD WAR I
PORT ROWAN
AUSTIN BENNETT
JOHN STEWART CRERAR
WILLIAM H. EMSLEY
ROY CURTIS FEERE
HENRY ARTHUR HARDING
REGINALD HICKMAN
SAMUEL ED HODGINS
NORMAN JOHN MACKENZIE
HUGH A. SLINGERMAN
DAVID WALPOLE
LEONARD E. WALPOLE

WALSINGHAM
J. LORNE BOWYER
JAMES CRAIG
JOHN HENRY GORDON
WALTER JARVIS
LEVI NELSON KENLINE
HARRY JAMES MURPHY
C. CLYDE RUSH
ENOCH ARTHUR UTTON

WORLD WAR II
PORT ROWAN
GEORGE E. ATKINSON
JAMES BRODY
LORNE EDWARD BROWN
WILLIAM FEERE
BRYCE E. FOSTER
JOHN DAVID LUXTON
CHARLES BENJAMIN PIERCE
FRANK H. PICKERSGILE
WILLIAM C. REID
WILLIAM STACKHOUSE
WILLIAM ALEXANDER STRACHAN
GEORGE WINFIELD