Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – War Memorial, Brockville, ON

The Brockville war memorial stands at the centre of town, at the foot of Court House Ave where it meets King St W. It was unveiled on 23 May 1924 at a ceremony attended by thousands of veterans, citizens and dignitaries.

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Prince Edward County War Memorial, Picton, ON

Oh, you again! This guy is a popular stalwart on war memorials by the McIntosh Granite Company.*

The war memorial for Prince Edward County is in a park at 118 Picton Main Street (Hwy 33), at the intersection of Ferguson and Chapel. Erected by the County Council, it was unveiled on 21 September 1920. 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


Monday Monuments and Memorials – Soldiers’ Monument, Paisley, ON

The soldiers’ monument in Paisley, Ontario stands in a square bound by Queen, Goldie and Water Streets, close to the confluence of the Saugeen and Teeswater Rivers. The monument, made of grey Stanstead granite, is a 15 ft pedestal on which stands a 7 ft soldier. The same figure from the McIntosh Granite Co is on the cenotaph in Picton, Ontario.

The monument was dedicated in May 1922, “in honored memory of the men of Paisley and adjoining Townships of Bruce, Elderslie, Greenock and Saugeen who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914 – 1919.” The 27 May edition of the Globe reported about 2000 people in attendance: Continue reading


Monday Monuments and Memorials – Cenotaph, Acton ON

The cenotaph in Acton stands on Mill St E between Elgin and John, in front of Trinity United Church. It was unveiled on 11 November 1920, notably on the same day as the Unknown Soldier was interred in Westminster Abbey.

The Acton Citizens Band led 300-400 students in parade from the school grounds to the ceremony. The program, with an impressive list of dignitaries, was printed in the 11 November edition of the Acton Free Press. The newspaper’s 18 November account of the ceremonies includes an impressive list of regrets from many said dignitaries. Continue reading