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North Glengarry Mayor Jamie MacDonald and North Glengarry CAO Sarah Huskinson are seen here at the Alexandria cenotaph on November 6, 2019 to officially unveil the new Lest We Forget banners. The new catalogue of war memorials will provide a new way to remember Glengarry war veterans and the lives they lived.

New catalogue of Glengarry War Memorials is new way to remember war veterans

A catalogue of Glengarry War Memorials is now complete. The project was undertaken in 2019.

The project was funded by the Lancaster and Alexandria branches of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Township of South Glengarry. The names of the men and women from Glengarry who fought and died in overseas wars, are now recorded in this catalogue, which contains more information than just the names that one sees inscribed on memorials and church plaques throughout Glengarry County.

Once, they were real people, and that is what drove researchers Iain Hansen and Robin Flockton to illuminate the lives of the people from Glengarry who died in the service of their country in the two World Wars, Korea and Afganistan.  Ten men from Glengarry served in the Boer War in South Africa and they all survived.

Hard copies of the catalogue can be viewed at Branch 423 and Branch 544 of the Royal Canadian Legion.  A further copy has been placed in the Glengarry County Archives for research purposes. An on-line version will shortly be available on glengarrycountyarchives.ca 

This catalogue raises many questions for the reader. For example, how many of the names on the Glengarry Memorials are those of British Home Children?  There is no record of the death while in uniform of 14 Glengarry men, who joined the Army, but never returned to Glengarry.

There are people from across Canada and the United States whose names appear on the Memorials.  For most, a local family connection can be ascertained, while others remain a mysteries.

During the 20th century, Glengarry men and a woman died in service all over the world: Azerbaijan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, El Alamein, Gambia, Italy, North West Europe, Afganistan, North America, the United Kingdom and the Battle of the Atlantic. Many stories can be distilled from this catalogue.  It is a unique record of Glengarry County’s contribution to freedom and democracy in the world today.

This catalogue, Honouring the Dead Heroes of Glengarry in Global Conflicts has been compiled to provide information about the men and the one nursing sister whose names are recorded on the Glengarry Memorials for two World Wars, the Korean War and Afganistan. Information on those who died has not been available in some cases, while in others, it is only minimal.

 

 

Louise Sproule

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