Desecration of Halifax Memorial

October 10, 2018.  In the quest to honour the names of those listed on the Cenotaph outside the Borden-Carleton Memorial, the memorial trail journey has taken us to Europe and several cemeteries and memorials here in Canada.  One of those journeys was to the Halifax Memorial in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, which honours those who lost their lives at sea in wartime and have no known grave.

Halifax Memorial in Point Pleasant Park

Halifax Memorial at Point Pleasant Park in Halifax. (Photo credit: Pieter Valkenburg)

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Inscription on Halifax Memorial in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax. (Photo credit: Pieter Valkenburg)

Three names from the Cenotaph Research Project are listed on this monument:

  • Elmer Allistair MABEY (whose story was told in an earlier posting.  See: The WWII Sailor Who Died In An Accidental Explosion and Fire https://wordpress.com/post/bordencarletonresearchproject.wordpress.com/1403)
  • James Graham FARROW, whose ship was torpedoed by a U-boat in the English Channel during WW1.  Farrow was not in the military, but in the merchant ‘navy’, delivering crucial supplies from England to troops in France.
  • James Emmett HUGHES, whose ship was torpedoed in the Caribbean during WW2.  Like Farrow, he was not in the military, but in the merchant ‘navy’.

Three names from one monument from Prince Edward Island….  You can imagine our dismay….and disgust…. to read this morning that the monument was defaced.  (See https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-war-memorial-defaced-1.4854588)

This was a disrespectful act towards those who served their country in time of war, and who do not even have a grave that families can visit.  This memorial is a substitute for their grave, just as is the Vimy Memorial in France and the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium, among many others.

It is especially sad that this desecration has happened as we near the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

UPCOMING PRESENTATION: Pieter will speak about the Cenotaph Research Project at South Shore United Church in Tryon, 7 pm on Friday, November 2, 2018.  This event is co-hosted by South Shore United Church and Tryon & Area Historical Society.  Note: this venue is equipped with a hearing loop for the benefit of those with hearing loss.  You are invited to bring photos and information on the men listed on the Cenotaph, or on any Canadian soldier buried in The Netherlands.  Email dariadv@yahoo.ca for more info.

© Daria Valkenburg

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