Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Oliver Thomas Burns

In memory of:

Private Oliver Thomas Burns

February 18, 1900

Paardeberg, South Africa

Military Service


Service Number:

7455

Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Royal Canadian Regiment

Additional Information


Son of John L. and Jane (nee Hand) Burns of Ottawa, Ontario. Originally served with the 43rd Ottawa and Carleton Rifles.

Commemorated on Page 6 of the South African War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

VENDUSIEDRIFT GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE (PAARDEBERG)
South Africa

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

Located 9.1 km from the Paardeberg Museum. Follow the dirt road and turn right at the Cannon sign, travel 600 m then turn right and travel a further 200 m.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial
  • Letter
  • War Memorial– Oliver Burns is commemorated on the War Memorial in Navan, Ontario, dedicated to THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN THE MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND OF THOSE WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE.  LEST WE FORGET
  • Inscription– Oliver Burns is commemorated on the War Memorial in Navan, Ontario, dedicated to THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN THE MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND OF THOSE WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE.  LEST WE FORGET
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Perth Courier for 20 April 1900, page 7, describing the burial of those who died on 18 February at Paardeberg.
  • Monument– A bronze statue and stone shaft in Confederation Park, 123 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON is a monument to the Ottawa volunteers who died in the South African War. Made by the sculptor, Hamilton MacCarthy, it was installed here in 1969, after several moves. Its original location was near the old City Hall which used to stand on Elgin Street. Some believe that the model for the soldier was the sculptor's son, Coeur de Lion MacCarthy, who made many of the carvings for the Centre Block. Other works by the father include the Champlain monument at Nepean Point and that of Ottawa mayor, Samuel Bingham, in Notre-Dame Cemetery in Vanier.
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[upper plaque/plaque du haut] 
ERECTED BY 30,000 CHILDREN OF OTTAWA AND ADJOINING COUNTIES IN MEMORY OF 
TPTR. G. BRADLEY
DR. R. BRADLEY
GR. E. PIGOTT
CPL. W.S. BRADY
PTE. O.T. BURNS
PTE. H. COTTON
CPL. C. THOMAS
PTE. E. DESLAURIERS
PTE. W.A. HULL
PTE. Z.R.E. LEWIS
PTE. F.J. LIVING
PTE. E. MCINTOSH
PTE. W.H.J. ROSS
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1900 - 1901 
[lower plaque/plaque du bas] 
http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/nic-inm/sm-rm/mdsr-rdr-eng.asp?PID=753
Photo Credit: Will Thompson; Hellmut Shade

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