The war memorial erected by the citizens of the Township of Edwardsburg stands in front of the municipal offices (now the Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal) on Centre St in Spencerville. It is dedicated “in loving memory of our heroes who fell in the Great War, 1914—1918. Their names shall never perish. Lest we forget.” A young soldier stands over the 27 names for WW1, listed in mostly chronological order of their death.
Let’s look at the first and last WW1 names.
Josie (Joseph) Cook was one of the first Canadians to enlist, signing his attestation papers on 22 September 1914. He was 39 and his attestation papers list his occupation as a marine fireman. He did not see his 40th birthday. He was killed in the war’s first gas attack, in the second battle of Ypres, on 22 April 1915.
Nursing Sister Laura Agnes Montgomery enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on 5 May 1917, at age 28. She served at HRH Duchess of Connaught Hospital on the Astor estate in Taplow, England. She resigned her post in April 1918 – possibly in anticipation of her marriage to CAMC physician Kenneth McKim Shorey. The date of her death on the war memorial is 2 November 1918. Influenza?