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Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

Monday Monuments and Memorials – Eramosa Township Cenotaph, Rockwood ON

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The Rockwood cenotaph occupies the southeast corner of Main St S and Guelph St, on land donated by St John’s Anglican Church. It was dedicated on 29 Aug 1919 and claims to be the first local monument erected by a municipality. Eleven WW1 soldiers from the village of Rockwood and surrounding Eramosa Township are remembered. Wings were added for WW2 soldiers in 1946. The monument was rededicated in 2012, with new landscaping and ramps to make the area easier to access.

I can find little information on the design of the monument and distinctive lettering. A Thomson Monument Company* advertisement shows a similar design. Could the Rockwood cenotaph be designed by Thomson’s head sculptor, Emanuel Hahn? 

Heritage Guelph/Eramosa has documented the stories of each person on the cenotaph. You can read the booklet here (in html) or here (in pdf).

Next Sunday, 17 April, marks the 34rd anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution. The Canadian Bar Association and other legal groups mark the occasion throughout April with Law Day, to celebrate the role and importance of the law and the justice system. (Not all Law Day activities are on the same day, so look for the dates in your community.)

In the US, the President first declared May 1 as Law Day in 1958, to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. You can learn more from the American Bar Association or the local bar association.

The Rockwood cenotaph is a reminder of the value of the rule of law, and what we lose without it … the ideals of liberty, justice and peace.


* Oddly, the company advertises as both Thomson and Thompson. I am partial to the dry version.


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