Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Wellington Park Memorial Gates, Wellington, ON

Memorial Gates mark the entrance to Wellington Park at 251 Wellington Main St, Wellington, in Prince Edward County. The gates were dedicated on 1 July 1930 and rededicated in 2010. Continue reading


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

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Prince Edward Old Boys Memorial Entrance, Fairgrounds, Picton, ON

It’s the season of agricultural fairs in my area. The Picton Fair in Prince Edward County is one of the oldest in Ontario, dating from 1836. Early in the 20th century, the Old Boys, prominent Toronto-area businessmen whose origins were in Prince Edward County, would return home for an annual reunion. Continue reading

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Harry Heffer, Cherry Valley Cemetery, Prince Edward County, ON

Each soldier tells a story. Some stories are more elusive than others.

Harry Heffer is buried in Cherry Valley Cemetery – with his paternal grandparents, parents and sister – not far from his birthplace. He was born on 2 Apr 1890 in Athol Township or in Picton (both in Prince Edward County), the oldest son of James Heffer and Emma Wager. By 1911, he had moved to Toronto, where he worked as a printer at Ontario Press Ltd. He married Gertrude Morris in 1913. Continue reading