Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Cenotaph Park, Port Elgin, ON

Cenotaph Park – at 610 Mill St, east of Goderich St (Hwy 21), in Port Elgin, Ontario – opened in September 2006. War memorials from around town were gathered in the park, surrounded by welcoming gardens and benches to rest and contemplate. Continue reading

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – War Memorial, Mildmay, ON

In a small park in Mildmay, on Absalom St W, just SW of Elora St S (Hwy 9), a war memorial honours the men of the village of Mildmay and surrounding township of Carrick who were killed in WW1. Continue reading

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Captain Victor McKechnie, Walkerton, ON

Donald McKechnie Ritzenhein has kindly permitted me to publish a photo of the citation presented to his grandfather by the Town of Walkerton Preparedness League in 1920.

My grandfather, Victor McKechnie, left his hometown of Walkerton on 21 June 1916, together with his brother Malcolm, and 1300 volunteer recruits, as part of the 160th “Bruce” Battalion. Malcolm was killed during the war, but my grandfather not only survived but stayed in the army for two more years after the war ended. On 24 September 1920 he became the last soldier to return home to Walkerton. Continue reading


Monday Monuments and Memorials – War Memorial Park, Walkerton, ON

War Memorial Park, at the corner of Jane and Colborne Streets in Walkerton, Ontario, started with a monument. Several elements have been added over the years. Continue reading

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Saugeen First Nation Roll of Honour and Southampton War Memorial

Two similar monuments, less than 5 km apart. Five men honoured on both.

Southampton is a vacation town on Lake Huron at the mouth of the Saugeen River in Bruce County, Ontario. Saugeen First Nation is just northeast of the town, an Ojibway community also bordering Lake Huron and the Saugeen. Young men in both the Ojibway and the settler communities enlisted and fought in WW1. Continue reading