Canada in the First World War

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The Memorial is located on the west side York street in Huntingdon, Quebec, and was sculpted by William Forbes of London, Ontario. Forbes sculpted many of the memorials that were erected at the end of the Great War, accounting for the similarities seen in many towns across Canada. It is sculpted from Vermont granite. The monument was erected by Leonard Ruddock of Huntingdon. The cost for the monument was over $5,000, raised by a grant from the County and from Peace Day Celebrations.

The Monument was unveiled on September 14, 1921 in front of a crowd of 1,800 to 2,000. At the time of its unveiling, the monument contained the names of 57 men who had, at some point, lived in, or had ties to, Huntingdon County. There are some ommisions from the monument, and some errors, both of which are common for Great War memorials.

The names of the men who died in the Second World War were added at some point after 1945.

If anyone has any comments, or can provide more information on the monument, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

Thanks

Marc Leroux

 

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