May 12, 2020. Two names on the Cenotaph outside the Borden-Carleton Legion were in the West Nova Scotia Regiment during WW2: Ernest Murray NORTON and Arnold Dudley TAYLOR. Both lost their lives in Italy. Norton’s story has been previously told in this blog (See The Last Valentine From A WWII Soldier), Taylor’s is still being researched.
Left: Ernest Murray Norton (Photo courtesy Harry Norton family collection) Right: Arnold Dudley Taylor (Photo courtesy Barbara Simester family collection)
Recently, Ron Stonier, President of the West Nova Scotia Regimental Association, let us know about a commemorative coin produced “for each of the 359 West Nova soldiers killed overseas. When someone joins the Regimental Association and pays their annual dues, we give one of our coins as a symbol of membership. On the front is our cap badge, and on the back is an image of our monument in Camp Aldershot, NS, flanked by the badges of the two regiments which were amalgamated in 1936 to form the West Nova Scotia Regiment. Below the monument is the name, rank, serial number, date of death, and age at death if available.”
Stonier went to note that “We attempt to find the families of the soldiers who died to give them the coin representing their loved one. So far, we have been able to connect 40 coins with family members, and it’s a very satisfying feeling to do so. We have fewer than 100 coins left, but we do have one for each of for Lt Taylor and Pte Norton.” He kindly sent images of the coins.
We have contacted the families of Norton and Taylor to let them know about the coins. If you have a relative who was in the West Nova Scotia Regiment, and would like more information on the commemorative coin or joining the association, please visit their website at https://www.wnsr.ca/ra.
We’re delighted to hear from various archives and regimental associations, and thank Ron Stonier for letting us know about the commemorative coins. Pieter continues to research Islanders who served in WW1 and WW2. If you have photos or information to share on Ernest Murray Norton or Arnold Dudley Taylor, please contact Pieter at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on the blog.
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