Location: Grey County N 44 15.404 W 80 17.025
In the cemetery on South Line, just west of County Road 63.
I was alerted to this wonderful memorial by the head of the local heritage committee. I would have never thought that such a small village like this would have such a fine memorial to honour the many brave men from the area who served and died in the Great War. The memorial sits on the highest spot in the village, which happens to be in South Line Union Cemetery, directly across the road from the United Church. This is definitely a farming community, and the village of Badjeros has continued to thrive since its founding in 1851, when it was originally called Snow Drift. The name was changed to reflect that of the founder, Captain Phillip Badgerow. Several spellings later, we have Badjeros. The main feature of the village is the General Store, which was built in 1885. The cemetery was established in 1854.
The list of names of those who served and died in the Great War is long, which is common for the rural communities. The statue of a young soldier standing at attention, on top of this memorial, as he looks over the village and surrounding farmland. The monument was erected in 1919, making this one of the oldest Great War memorials in the province.
WHO DIES IF FREEDOM LIVES
AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER
CHESTER N. McKINNON
ERNEST C. CLAREY
HAROLD L. CHERRY
SIDNEY A. MUIRHEAD
JAMES A. SCOTT
SAMUEL A. TAYLOR
CYRUS W. FIELD
HENRY S. PRIDDLE
T. ARTHUR METHERAL
ARTHUR R. SIMMONS
WILLIAM A. McKEE
THIS MONUMENT WAS
ERECTED A.D. MCMXIX
BY VOLUNTARY PUBLIC
IN MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
AND THOSE WHO SERVED
IN THE GREAT WAR
NOVEMBER 11th MCMXVIII
THOMAS STEWART. CHARLES R. PRIDDLE. BERT NOBLE.
ALFRED J. DENMANS. ANGUS DENMANS. ADRIAN F. DENMANS.
H.D. MOORE. L.J. MOORE. J.C. MOORE. JOHN HULLIN.
WESLEY DOUGLAS. WILLIAM WESLEY PRIDDLE. Wm. McNABB.
GEORGE GILFILLAN. MARSHALL W. ARMOUR. FRANK BERRY.
CLARENCE SPROTT. WILLIAM E. FERGUSON. JOHN HANNON.
JOHN M. GIBSON. DALTON M. SINCLAIR. LESLIE BAKER.
A. RUSSELL FACKNIE. A. LENNOX FACKNIE. FRANK CURRAN.
DUNCAN McAULEY. GORDON R. BAILEY. J. CECIL STEWART.
C. OSCAR STEWART. A. DOUGLAS McALLISTER. Wm. T. HANLEY.
EARDMAN A. SMYTHE. EUGENE F. CROSBY. PERCY A. PRIDDLE.