Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Frederick Wasdell

In memory of:

Private Frederick Wasdell

February 27, 1900

Paardeberg, South Africa

Military Service


Service Number:

7708

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Royal Canadian Regiment

Additional Information


Formerly served with the 3rd Victoria Rifles.

Commemorated on Page 42 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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  • Park– WAR MONUMENTS PROJECT "We Will Remember" Industry Dept. project online

"Bracebridge, Ontario 
The Town of Bracebridge established a Park in June 1900 as a Memorial to Fred Wasdell and James Findlay who had been killed at Paardeberg, South Africa in the Boer War. Property was purchased and added to the market lots, which the Town already owned. The stables and other buildings were removed, grass was planted and the fountain was installed, but never connected to a water supply. Later a bandstand was built and symbolic cannons were placed. Mr. Thomas used a balance of the concert funds and his own money to put a plaque on the bandshell commemorating Mr. Wasdell and Mr. Findlay.

In 1959 when a Cenotaph was erected, the fountain was moved to Kelvin Grove Park. In June 1969, Council gave Brenda Cox, Thomas' granddaughter, permission to take the fountain, which was deteriorating, to her home. She gave the fountain to the newly restored Woodchester Villa in 1980. With the cooperation of the Historical Society and Town Council, the fountain has been restored to a suitable location in the Park close to where it started out 100 years ago. 

The fountain was officially rededicated on July 1, 2000"

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