The Mount Royal Club is a private club at 1175 Sherbrooke St W in Montreal. In the staircase, a bronze plaque memorializes 15 men who died in WW1 – one assumes Club members or their sons.Continue reading
Today, many people around the world turn to London and pause to remember Queen Elizabeth II as she is laid to rest. Great War 100 Reads revisits three WW1 monuments in London that have been featured here over the years. Click on each heading to read more.
It’s Labour Day in Canada and the US … a day to celebrate workers. Like other groups in society, many companies saw fit to memorialize their employees who had served in the war.
Toronto’s Union Station, at 65 Front St W between Bay and York, is the busiest passenger transportation facility in Canada. How many of the 200,000-300,000 daily travellers passing through stop to take in the memorial to Canadian Pacific Railway workers killed in WW1?Continue reading
Every soldier tells a story.
John Hewitt Laird was the son of John and Julia Grace Irvine Laird, born in Quebec City. He attended Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. When he attested in August 1916, he listed his profession as bank clerk. He was killed at Hill 70 on 15 August 1917, weeks before his 20th birthday.Continue reading
Two bronze tablets in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City honour those who served and died in WW1. Palm leaves flank the names on both tablets, with the years 1914-1918 at the bottom.
“Ave atque vale” (hail and farewell) tops the tablet and “God gave them victory and glorious death” follows names of the 21 parishioners who died:Continue reading
In 1914, the City of Soissons started work on a monument to pay tribute to its rich history. When the monument was completed in 1926, it had a dual role, paying tribute as well to the citizens of Soissons who died in the Great War.
The limestone monument, created by sculptor Albert Bartholomé, is on Place Fernand Marquigny, behind the cathedral.Continue reading
The Brockville war memorial stands at the centre of town, at the foot of Court House Ave where it meets King St W. It was unveiled on 23 May 1924 at a ceremony attended by thousands of veterans, citizens and dignitaries.Continue reading
On 28 November 1928, a grey granite cenotaph was “erected in honour of the men of Madoc and vicinity who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918” in the village of Madoc. It stands in what is now Thomas Thompson Park at 155 St Lawrence Street East. The Madoc Women’s Institute spearheaded the project.
A sword entwined with a laurel wreath tops the monument. Battles are listed between the sword and dedication (Somme, Festubert, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele) and on each side (Ypres, Mons). Names are listed on either side:Continue reading
A long-departed British monarch still lends her birthday to a holiday that marks the unofficial start of summer in Canada, and her name to the highest military honour awarded for valour in the face of the enemy. Victoria Day weekend – a good time to remember those awarded the Victoria Cross in WW1. Here’s a look back at some VCs featured on Great War 100 Reads.Continue reading
Le monuments aux morts (monument to the dead) in Arras stands in Place du Maréchal Foch in front of the Hotel Angleterre, facing the train station. The work of sculptor Félix-Alexandre Desruelles, the limestone monument was dedicated on 22 November 1931.
The epitaph is Arras : à ses enfants morts pour la défense du droit. (Arras: to its children who died for the defense of right.)Continue reading