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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Nassagaweya Cenotaph, Haltonville (Milton), ON

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The cenotaph commemorating soldiers from Nassagaweya Township killed in WW1 stands in a small park in the hamlet of Haltonville, at the corner of Guelph Line and 15 Sideroad. The township is now part of the town of Milton, ON. The cenotaph was dedicated in 1921.

Battles are listed on three sides of the cenotaph – Ypres, Sanctuary Wood, Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens, Bourlon Woods, Mons. The Milton Historical Society documents the men on this and other war memorials in the town. They note that Private Wesley Roberts does not appear in any major WW1 databases in Canada and Europe, and possibility the name may have been reversed from Robert Wesley. 

The closest war grave is just a couple of miles north: Lachlan Kingsbury is buried at Ebenezer United Church.

I’m claiming this to be the first war memorial I ever saw. Family lore has it that, when bringing me home for the first time, my parents stopped at the store across the road to show me off to my great aunt and great uncle.

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