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Monday Monuments and Memorials – The Last Post, Collingwood, ON

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The Last Post is the name of the statue that tops the WW1 war memorial in Collingwood, Ontario. It stands in front of the old train station (now the Collingwood Museum), at 45 St Paul St. The driveway behind it is Veterans Cres.

Charles H. L. MacDonald, a Collingwood native, designed the monument using his brother Fred as a model for the 16 ft bronze statue. The granite base says: “This memorial was erected in grateful and loving memory of the heroes who fell in the Great War of 1914 – 1918 A.D. by the citizens of Collingwood Ont., in the year 1922 A.D.” The honor roll of names are inscribed on the other three sides of the base. The public dedication was on August 5, 1923.

Two nursing sisters are named on the Collingwood memorial.

Mae Sampson (misspelled May on the monument) came from nearby Duntroon. She was one of 14 nurses who drowned on the Llandovery Castle in June 1918, when it was torpedoed by a German submarine. She was one of the first nurses to enlist in 1914, serving in France, Belgium, Salonika and England.

Gertrude Andrews served overseas during the war, first with American Field Service and later with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. She returned to Canada in 1918, and died in 1922 while on staff at the Dominion Orthopedic Hospital.

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2 thoughts on “Monday Monuments and Memorials – The Last Post, Collingwood, ON

  1. Hi,

    Were you able to see anywhere on the Collingwood bronze anything to indicate where the figure was cast?

  2. I’m afraid not, Alan. No foundry marks that I could see.

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