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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Edric Hurdman Read memorial window, allsaints, Ottawa

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Each soldier tells a story.

All Saints Anglican Church, on Chapel St at the corner of Laurier Ave E, was once the place of worship for many of Ottawa’s elite. Prime Minister Borden was a parishioner – his state funeral was there in 1937. The church was recently deconsecrated and converted into a unique event venue. The stained glass windows and other WW1 memorials remain in the former sanctuary.

One window is dedicated “in ever loving memory of our son, Flight Lieut Edric H Read, 16th Squadron RFC, killed in action December 26, 1917, aged 20 years.”

From Read’s CEF service records:

Machine brought down behind British Lines by enemy anti-aircraft shell. Read killed instantaneously.

From the casualty list published in Flight International Magazine, January 10, 1918:

Lieutenant Edric Hurdman Read, Canadian Forestry Corps, attached RFC, who was killed on December 26th, aged 19, was the younger son of Mr and Mrs Charles E Read, of Ottawa. He was educated at Ashbury College in that city, and was granted a commission in the Canadian Forestry Corps in April 1916. He arrived in England in May of that year, and served with his unit in England until seconded for duty with the RFC last April.

The Read memorial window depicts a medieval soldier and angels. The verse, “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life” is from Revelation 2:10 KJV. The window was created by Colonial Art Glass, Ottawa.

Charles Edwin Read and Bertha Hurdman Read resided for a time at 333 Chapel St, a few doors down from the church.

Edric Read is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France. He is mentioned in his father’s September 1927 obituary: “Edric … was considered a very capable officer and to have a future of great promise. His passing greatly affected Mr Read and other members of his family.”

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Canadian crusader for equality and justice. Connoisseur and creator of the written word. Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books and monuments. Read more at greatwar100reads.wordpress.com.

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