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Municipality/Province: Galt, ON

Memorial Number: 35011-007

Type: Statue with shaft

Address: Main Street and Grand Avenue

Location: Queen's Square

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 43.35899   Long: -80.31835

Contributor: Jim Quantrell, City Archivist/archiviste municipal; Terry MacDonald

Photo Credit: Tim Laye, Ontario War Memorials

Thousands witnessed unveiling of Galt's war memorial Cambridge Reporter By Jim Quantrell, City Archivist Galt's war memorial was unveiled in an impressive and moving ceremony on November 10, 1930. About 10,000 people crowded into Queen's Square and the new "Garden of Remembrance" which was to be a "living memorial to peace". The cenotaph standing within the Garden of Remembrance was to serve as a "perpetual reminder of the great sacrifice made by the men of Galt and district". The memorial itself was designed by Toronto sculptor Miss Francis Loring, recognized as one of Canada's top sculptors of her day. The actual cutting of the stone was done under Miss Loring's supervision by Robert M. Gullett, also of Toronto, from models made by Miss Loring.

The symbolism of the cenotaph is best described by Miss Loring herself. "Out of a large central stone merges the heroic figure of "Victory" on one side and a mourning figure of "Peace" on the opposite side. This central block is supported at either end by two pylons on which are carved the names of those whose sacrifice upheld Victory and made Peace possible. The symbolic figure of "Victory" stands leaning on the Sword of Sacrifice. He looks to the future and speaks: To them all honour Guard ye their victory On the opposite side the woman also speaks. She is "Peace". Peace mourning for great is the sacrifice these her sons have made that Peace might endure. She leans with one hand on the shield, for it is through battle that they achieved peace. And with the other hand she offers them the laurel branch that their sacrifice may be ever glorified. In Peace and Honour Rest you, my sons The dedication ceremony started at 2:30pm when "the stillness was broken by the deep tones of "O Canada" played by the combined Highland Light Infantry, Salvation Army and Galt Kiltie Bands.

Following a number of speeches the cenotaph was unveiled by Minister of National Defence, Lt.-Col. Hon. D.M. Sutherland. The crowd at the ceremony was so large that all locations which offered a good view of the proceedings were occupied. The local press reported that "two heads were noticed protruding from an opening in the Central Church tower, quite a crowd was on the roof of the Y.M.C.A., from the top windows of Knox's quite a number had a bird's eye view, boys were up telephone poles and trees and so great a crowd gathered on the roof of the new clubhouse at the curling rink, it was feared an accident might happen and the police had to chase them off." When the cenotaph was unveiled it was implied, if not directly stated, that it was the devout hope of all in attendance that no more names would be added to the 239 inscribed on the monument. This was not to be the case however, and the names of 137 of Galt's sons who died during the Second World War were added and dedicated in a special ceremony witnessed by 5,000 Galtonians on November 11, 1949." Excerpts of "Legion, city to share cost of repairing war memorials", Cambridge Times, October 6, 1991 by Dave Menary At first glance, Cambridge's three cenotaphs don't appear to be in disrepair. But tow of the monuments will receive more than $40,000 in restoration work this fall and winter, as local Legion branches strive to keep the structures from deteriorating.

A Toronto restoration company, Summit Restoration, has estimated the total cost of restoring the Galt cenotaph at $32,700. There was no money available to fund the restorations in the 1991 city budget, but city staff have proposed that half the cost be set aside by the city in its 1992 budget as a one-time expenditure. Both the Preston and Galt Legions have agreed to pay half the cost. Galt Legion Branch 121 has offered to foot the bill for the total cost of repairs to the Galt monument and be reimbursed by the city next year. Although the Galt monument is in the most need of restoration, it looks sound at first sight. "The steps at the bottom are bad," noted Legion spokesman, John White. The closer you look at it the more you see it needs work." in addition to the steps, the base and foundation will be restored, as will some names. A new limestone base will replace the cracking poured concrete. City parks superintendent John Hannah, who is acting as co-ordinator of the project, said a schedule will soon be set up with Summit Restoration to proceed with the work. But Hannah said the work will not interfere with November 11 Remembrance Day services. A vigil is now held throughout the night of November 10th at the cenotaph. Remembrance Day Services are held here on the 11th month of the 11th day at the 11th hour yearly. The floodlit grounds are wonderfully maintained by the City of Cambridge’s Community Services Dept. (Parks Division). The Canadian Flag flies every day.

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Inscription found on memorial

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Agnew, Archibald
Attwater, Lloyd George
Aust, Richard

Bailey, Donald Robert
Baird, James Robb
Ballantyne, Alexander M.
Barker, James William
Bates, Stanley R. Dearling
Briggs, Joseph S.
Broome, William H.
Buchanan, C.E.
Burns, James Joseph
Bussereau, Victor
Brett, Harold
Bye, Lawrence
Booty, Cameron H.
Bruce, R.

Callahan, Jack
Campbell, Donald Angus
Campbell, C. Hugh
Canning, Robert William
Cassidy, Daniel J.
Chester, William Roy
Clulow, Andrew
Coltman, Henry, Jr.
Coverett, Russell Vincent
Cousineau, William Leonard
Coyston, Albert R.
Crawford, John Douglas
Chrysler, Jack Hartwell
Cullaton, Arthur C.
Cumming, Charles Gordon
Cyples, William H.

Davidson, Maurice, E.
Dear, George Charles
Decaro, Guy
Doggett, Harry
Dowdy, William Edward
Downey, Russell
Drumm, Kenneth W.
Durrant, Albert C.

Ferguson, John A.
Fergusson, Paul
Fergusson, Robert Alec
Fletcher, Dickenson, Jr.
Foreman, Noel
Forrester, Thomas Edward
Francis, Herbert Edward
Francis, Benjamin R.

Gamble, John McIlveen
Gardham, Donald R.
Goreing, Frank
Goudy, Cameron M.
Grant, James V.
Griffin, Roy Howard
Grimm, Raymond Joseph

Hall, Clifford W.
Harfitt, Sidney Gordon
Heather, Wilfred Roy
Himes, Emerson, Alfred
Holbrook, Archibald
Holder, James C.
Houghton, Donald
Howard, Donald William
Hughes, Donald William
Hulme, Walter

Irwin, Vern S.

Jackson, Cecil
Johnson, William E.
Johnson, James V.
Jones, D.R.

[front, center/devant, au centre]

TO THEM ALL HONOUR
GUARD YE THEIR VICTORY

1914-1918
1939-1945
1950-1953

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Klapkew, Frank J.
Kearney, Charles H.
Kennedy, Douglas P.
Kennedy, Peter K.
Kennedy, Maynard
Kerr, James
Koskovich, Andrew

Lambden, E.
Lanning, R.E.
Lanning, H.
Lavender, B.
Lawrenson, S.
Lee, J.
Lee, S.
Lee, F.W.
Lehman, Carl Martin
Leith, J.
Liesemer, F.R.
Light, James Marshall
Lingham, H.
Livingstone, E. Hugh
Lockhart, T.D.
Loker, Earl Vincent
Longhurst, L.W.
Longhurst, L.A.
Lowry, P.
Luck, H.B.
Lunn, Forbes

MacKay, George
Mahler, Lawrence H.
Maley, J.M.
Maley, J.
Mann, E.A.
Manson, Boyd Sutherland
Markle, W.A.
Markle, W.
Martin, F.T.
Martin, F.J.
Martin, J.
Martin, W.A.
Martin, Sidney C.A.
Martin, John Edward
Mathews, N.G.
McCormick, Robert James
McConnell, W.
McDonald, A.
McDougal, R.
McDowell, Douglas Hiram
McEachern, G.B.
McEwen, John A.
McFarlane, W.L.
McGrath, W.
McMeekin, R.
McNicol, A.C.
McNicol, J.
Melville, Alex
Menary, W.N.
Miles, Gordon R.
Miller, G.
Mills, C.F.
Moore, J.
Morrison, Norman R.
Mortimer, James L.
Moss, William Victor
Mulholland, H.A.
Munch, George Wesley
Munns, P.
Murr, F.H.
Murray, Thomas Robert

Nash, William Lloyd
Needs, C.R.
Neil, T.
Newland, E.R.
Nicholls, J.
Nelson, P.
Norman, A.L.

Oliver, A.S.
Osborne, A.E.

Palmer, F.B.
Parker, L.E.
Payne, W.
Perkins, G.
Peters, Paul
Peterson, L.
Podger, L.
Potts, J.G.
Potts, G.C.
Pratt, W.J.
Pratt, C.
Pratt, W.
Purdy, Ivan

Raby, Arthur W.
Rawson, Nelson E.
Reain, Robert Wilfred
Remple, Milton
Rhodes, Edward George
Riddell, Lyle C.
Ridley, S.
Roadhouse, G.D.
Roberts, A.B.
Roberts, S.H.
Robertson, A.B.
Rogers, S.
Rose, Jack T.
Rounds, H.C.
Rowe, E.J.
Russ, George Victor
Rutherford, Lawrence Everett
Ryan, W.

Schmitt, H.
Schnarr, Lloyd
Schroeder, Harold J.
Scott, George W.
Scott, G.
Shingler, George F.
Short, William E.
Shrubsall, Herbert Phillip
Sights, C.
Sigsworth, E.
Silson, G.
Simon, O.J.
Simon, H.C.
Sinclair, Alex
Smeed, J.L.
Smith, R.
Smith, H.A.
Smith, L.C.
Snelgrove, Lawrence Edwin
Snidd, J.
Spooner, J.
Stevens, J.
Stewart, J.G.
Stubbs, A.
Stubbs, J.
Stumph, H.
Sullivan, C.
Supp, J.E.
Sutherland, J.
Sutton, E.J.
Steele, Clifford F.
Sutton, Charles B.

Tales, Lawrence W.
Tales, J.A.
Taylor, Robert William
Teather, Charles
Teggin, E.
Thomas, George
Thomas, J.
Thomas, S.
Thomson, H.C.
Thorn, F.G.
Thorne, F.
Tones, J.S.P.
Turnbull, O.
Turner, A.

Vanevery, W.
Vanevery, M.

Wadsworth, J.
Walker, J.W.
Ward, J.E.
Warden, J.W.
Warner, C.
Watts, E.
Weir, Bernard H.
Weir, R.
Welland, J.F.
Werstine, James E.
Westbrook, Stanley
Wheatley, W.J.
Wheeler, Ernest
Wheeler, J.
White, R.
White, A.
Whittaker, W.J.
Whythe, O.
Wiley, C. Gordon
Wilkins, W.
Wilkinson, Harry
Williams, R.
Wilson, A.A.
Withington, David Thomas
Wolstenholme, Charles
Woods, J.
Wray, E.
Wylie, R.

Yarrow, J.

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LAMBDEN E.
LANNING R.E.
LANNING H.
LAVENDER B.
LAWRENSON S.
LEE F.W.
LEE J.
LEE S.J.
LEITH J.
LIESEMER F.R.
LINGHAM H.
LOCKHART T.D.
LOWRY P.
LONGHURST L.A.
LONGHURST L.W.
LUCK H.B.
MALEY J.
MALEY J.M.
MANN E.A.
MARKLE W.
MARKLE W.A.
MARTIN F.J.
MARTIN F.T.
MARTIN J.
MARTIN W.A.
MATHEWS N.G.
MENARY W.A.
MILLER G.
MILLS C.F.
MOORE J.
MULHOLLAND H.A.
MUNNS P.
MURR F.H.
McCONNELL W.
McDONALD A.
McDOUGAL R.
McGRATH W.C.
McMEEKIN R.
McNICOL A.C.
McNICOL J.
NEEDS C.R.
NEILL T.
NELSON P.
NICHOLLS J.
NORMAN A.L.
OLIVER A.S.
OSBORNE A.E.
PALMER F.B.
PARKER L.E.
PAYNE W.
PETERSON L.
PODGER R.
POTTS G.C.
POTTS J.G.
PRATT C.
PRATT W.
PRATT W.J.
ROBERTS A.B.
ROADHOUSE G.D.
RIDLEY S.
ROBERTS S.H.
ROBERTSON A.B.
ROGERS S.
ROUNDS H.C.
ROWE E.J.
SCOTT G.
SIGHTS C.
SILSON G.
SIGSWORTH E.
SIMON H.C.
SIMON O.J.
SMEED J.L.
SMITH H.A.
SMITH L.C.
SMITH R.
SNIDD J.
SPOONER J.
STEVENS J.
STEWART J.G.
STUBBS A.
STUBBS J.
STUMPH H.
SULLIVAN J.E.
SUPP J.E.
SUTHERLAND J.
SUTTON E.J.
TEGGIN E.
THOMAS J.
THOMAS S.
THOMSON H.C.
THORN F.G.
THORNE F.
TONES J.S.P.
TURNER A.
TURNBULL O.
VANEVERY M.
VANEVERY W.
WADSWORTH J.
WALKER J.W.
WARD J.F.
WATTS E.
WARDEN J.W.
WARNER C.
WEIR R.
WELLAND J.F.
WHEATLEY W.J.
WHEELR J.
WHITE A.
WHITE A.H.
WHITE R.
WHITTAKER W.J.
WILKINS W.
WILLIAMS R.
WOODS S.J.
WRAY E.
YARROW J.
WILSON A.A.
WYLIE R.
WHYTHE O.

BUCHANAN C.E.
JONES D.R.
RYAN W.

Somme
Passchendaele
Saint Julien
Mons


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Nursing Sister Evelyn Verall McKay
Appleyard, W.B.
Aikens, J.W.
Anderson, J.D.
Babbs, G.
Bailey, S.M.
Baines, W.J.
Baines, G.H.
Baird, J.C.
Ball, S.
Barbour, J.
Barker, G.C.
Barnes, R.G.
Barnett, F.A.
Bartleman, S.
Batters, G.S.
Bain, D.
Bell, R.P.
Bevan, J.A.
Bird, E.
Blackburne, F.
Blacklock, F.
Blundell, J.
Boundy, F.R.
Bourne, H.
Bowie, W.
Brade, H.E.
Bratt, F.J.
Brett, F.
Bridgen, J.
Briscoe, R.D.
Broadwell, E.B.
Brown, P.
Brown, A.
Bryant, L.B.
Bryant, H.
Buck, C.S.
Burgess, H.G.
Burgess, T.
Bursey, A.C.
Bushnell, A.W.
Campbell, J.J.
Carradige, J.
Cater, H.
Chapman, C.W.
Clara, T.
Clay, N.
Clay, H.
Connoly, B.
Cornwall, C.J.
Cowell, J.
Crawford, L.
Crossen, T.

Daniel, R.
Dedman, O.
Dewar, J.
Dickie, J.
Dingwall, H.A.
Drew, A.H.
Drinkwater, H.
Dryden, W.D.
Duncan, J.

Eby, E.
Essary, T.

Fabian, H.A.
Fenner, C.
Foot, A.E.
Flockhart, W.L.
Flood, W.
Francis, A.
Fraser, W.
Friedman, P.F.

Gaskin, F.
Gee, S.
Gibb, J.M.
Gibson, T.
Gleave, E.H.
Gleave, E.H.
Gray, R.M.
Grove, F.H.
Goudy, R.A.
Gray, A.
Gray, W.
Gleave, E.H.
Gray, R.M.
Green, C.
Grove, F.H.

Haisell, W.
Hall, E.T.
Hamer, J.
Hamm, A.
Hanning, C.H.
Hartley, G.
Hartley, W.H.
Haskell, C.
Hatfield, A.
Hawkins, A.
Hedges, H.
Herriott, J.R.
Hill, W.A.
Hobson, F.V.C.

Jeffs, J.R.
Jenner, P.H.
Jones, G.

Keefe, A.
Kitchen, J.G.

Caines, E.
Call, G.W.
Carey, C.E.
Carpenter, J.D.
Carter, A.L.
Cater, A.F.
Cavers, J.P.
Chalk, J.
Chatten, C.
Chipcase, E.
Clark, J.
Clarke, W.
Clemens, L.P.
Corbett, H.
Coleman, W.
Cornwall, C.
Coulthard, W.B.
Crawford, A.
Crichton, R.
Crichton, W.

Arras
Vimy Ridge
Amiens
Ypres

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Rear:
IN PEACE AND HONOUR
REST YOU MY SONS 

1914 - 1918
1939 - 1945
1950 - 1953

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