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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Angel of Victory, Windsor Station, Montreal

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Many communities, be they municipalities, clubs, professions or companies, saw fit to commemorate members of the community who served or died in WW1. The Canadian Pacific Railway was one such company. The Angel of Victory by Montreal sculptor Coeur de Lion MacCarthy commemorates 1,115 CPR employees killed during the war. Three castings of the bronze statue were forged at the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company. They were dedicated from 1921 to 1923, at the CPR stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal. The angel lifts the soldier to heaven at the moment of his death.

The Montreal cast is the best preserved of the three, having always been indoors. It graces the Salle des pas perdus in the old Windsor Station at 1100 avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal.

The dedication ends: “Let those who come after see to it that their names not be forgotten.” The CPR site recounts the company’s role during the war, but not the names of the 1,115 dead.

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