The Soldiers’ Tower stands just west of Queen’s Park Circle on the St George Campus of the University of Toronto. At 143 feet, it is second only to the Peace Tower in Ottawa as the tallest war memorial in Canada.
Shortly after the end of WW1, the U of T Alumni Association started to raise funds to build a memorial tower and endow scholarships to honour the alumni, students, faculty and staff who had died in the war. The cornerstone was laid on November 11, 1919 by the Duke of Devonshire, Governor General of Canada. The tower was dedicated in June 1924. The clock and carillon were added in 1927. The architects were Henry Sproatt and Ernest Rolph.
Surplus funds from the fundraising appeal still provide scholarships at the university.
Other elements of the U of T memorial – the Memorial Screen on which is carved the names of 628 U of T men and women who died in WW1, and the Memorial Chamber above the archway of the tower that houses a small museum – will be featured in future Monday Monuments and Memorials.
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