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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Cenotaph, Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery, Chelsea QC

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The Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery is at 587 Route 105, about 900 metres north of Chemin Old Chelsea in the Municipality of Chelsea. Starting as a family burial ground in the 1830s, it fell into disuse in the 1920s. The Gatineau Valley Historical Society (then the Historical Society of the Gatineau) purchased the land in 1965. The Society dedicated a cenotaph in the cemetery in 1968. In 2010, brass plaques were installed in English and French to commemorate residents who were killed in the South African War, WW1 and WW2. Ownership of the heritage cemetery was transferred to the municipality in 2019. 

Four names on the cenotaph are from WW1:

  • Private Richard Gardner, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry, (Eastern Ontario Regiment), 24 April 1915, aged 35, whose name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium.
  • Private William Patrick Reynolds, 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry, (Eastern Ontario Regiment), 16 October 1918, aged 21. Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas-de-Calais, France.
  • Private Stephen Thomas Dunn, 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, (Manitoba Regiment), 8 May 1917, aged 28. Étaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.
  • Private Allan Sidney Farmer, 42nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry, (Quebec Regiment), 3 November 1917, aged 21, whose name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium.

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