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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Celtic Cross, St Matthews Church, Halifax, NS


A Celtic cross in memory of “Her Heroic Dead 1914-1918” graces the north lawn of St Matthew’s United Church, on Barrington St at the corner of Spring Garden Rd in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Decorative Celtic knots form the cross. Major battle names – Ypres, Vimy, Somme, Mons – form the nimbus. The reverse side of the base assures us that “The souls of the faithful who have died in the service of their country rest forever in the lap of God.”

Fourteen parishioners are named on the monument, including three nursing sisters and at least one set of siblings.

Matron Margaret Marjory Fraser (listed here as M Pearl Fraser) was killed on the Llandovery Castle on 27 June 1918. She had been amongst the first contingents of Canadian nurses to serve overseas during WW1.

James Gibson Laurier Fraser, Pearl’s brother, was a student-at-law in Saskatchewan when he joined in 1916. He was killed in action on 4 March 1918.

Their parents were Duncan Cameron Fraser (former Lt Governor of Nova Scotia) and Bessie Grant (Graham) Fraser. Sister and brother are also remembered together on monuments in Saskatchewan and in Pictou County, NS.

Myrtle Margaret Hunt died of pneumonia in NS on 16 January 1918. She is buried in the family plot at Hillsborough (Elmwood) Protestant Cemetery, Inverness, NS.

Rebecca MacIntosh (spelled McIntosh in some records) died of influenza while serving at No. 9 Canadian General Hospital in Kinmel Park Camp, Rhyl, Wales on 7 March 1919.

I can find no quick evidence of any relationship between Arthur Ross and Charles S Ross.


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2 thoughts on “Monday Monuments and Memorials – Celtic Cross, St Matthews Church, Halifax, NS

  1. Your blog is very interesting. The details that you post would be great for someone doing genealogy.

    • Thanks for visiting Laura. I do hope that family researchers find the monument details of use. Given the number of visits each November, I suspect I am supporting several school projects too! All to keep the history alive.

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