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Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

Monday Monuments and Memorials – War Memorial, Harriston, ON

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This memorial to the soldiers of the Town of Harriston and the Township of Minto is at the corner of Elora St and Mill St in Harriston. A bronze soldier stands on a granite base which integrates a drinking fountain on the front and a bench on three sides. It was unveiled in 1920 or 1921. The $6000 cost was split between the township and the town. I could find no information about the designer. In addition to the names of the dead, the four sides of the memorial mark Courage, Endurance, Humanity and Sacrifice.

Clifford M Harrison documents the township’s war efforts in The Way It Was: A History of Minto Township:

In Minto about fifty farmers’ sons joined up. Twenty-three of them were killed in action or died later of wounds. … The folks back home did what they could to help. … The Women’s Patriotic League was formed to knit socks, scarves and wristlets and sew hospital shirts. In 1917 a munitions ship blew up in Halifax harbour and Minto sent $300 to the relief fund. … Each returning soldier received a $50 repatriation grant from the township. (1978, p 241-242)


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