The small Ontario town of Deseronto lies on the Bay of Quinte at the mouth of the Napanee River. Its war memorial is at 332 Main St, on the south side, just west of Centre St. The WW1 plaque on a granite stone was dedicated on Labour Day, 3 September 1923, “In gratefulness for the men who gave their lives for their country during the Great War.”
“For God – For Home – For Liberty” forms an arch over two flags and the years 1914 1918. Early photos show the Red Ensign and Union Jack, but the colour overlay is now worn off. Thirty-four names are listed from the Town of Deseronto and Township of Tiendinaga. Former resident Thomas C Brown donated the monument, in memory of his parents and sisters.
The Deseronto Archives renewed the commemoration for the WW1 centenary, with an online memorial to those with a connection to the area who were affected by the war. Starting with the 34 on the war memorial, the scope expanded to document 294 individuals.
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