“Lest we forget.” That’s what we hear every November 11 as we gather by the various cenotaphs and memorials for the Remembrance Day services. “Lest we forget.” It’s true that we don’t forget to buy a poppy, or give a minute of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We may attend a service, lay a wreath, or attend a special church service. But if you look at the list of names on the cenotaph or memorial you’re at, do you have any idea about the service and sacrifices made by the people listed on those various memorials? Unless it’s a family member, the answer is probably not. Pieter Valkenburg is trying to change that story.
This blog began as the Borden-Carleton Cenotaph Research Project, part of a wider project to document all the persons mentioned on the Cenotaph for a historical record, and to make a Wall of Remembrance in the Legion with their photos. In order to complete this project, he needs YOUR help. Do you have some family stories, photos, letters, postcards, diaries? This is a chance to participate in a history project that your family is a part of. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to @researchmemori1.
In addition to the names on the Cenotaph, this research project tells the stories of soldiers from the South Shore area of Prince Edward Island who returned home, and those who lost their lives in war but are not on the Cenotaph.
It also features stories of WW2 soldiers from Atlantic Canada who are buried in The Netherlands, a research project that Pieter is involved in. Following a TV interview in January 2021, the project expanded again to include a feature called Atlantic Canada Remembers, to document soldiers who lost their lives in WW2, as remembered by Atlantic Canadians. Since May 2021, an additional component was added to the research project to highlight stories about Indigenous soldiers.
Please join us on our journey of remembrance along the war memorial trail….
Note: this project is done by volunteers and is self-funded.
Here are the names on the Cenotaph outside the Borden-Carleton Legion:
Patrick Raymond Arsenault James Arthur Affleck
Kenneth John Bell Albert Eugene Arsenault
Charles Benjamin Buxton Joseph Francis Arsenault
James Cairns Frank Lewis Arsenault
James Ambrose Cairns Leonard Stephen Avery
James Lymon Cameron George Ashley Bartlett
Leigh Hunt Cameron Austin Harry Boulter
George Albert Campbell Harrison William Craig
William G. Campbell George Alfred Dunn
Vincent Carr John Daniel Ferguson
Arthur Leigh Collett Everett Samuel Francis
Basil Cormier Ernest Ramey Gallant
Patrick Philip Deighan (Deegan) James Emmett Hughes
Joseph Arthur Desroches Singleton Charles Jeffrey (Jeffery)
James Graham Farrow Harold Lloyd Lefurgey
Percy Earl Farrow (Farrar) Elmer Allister Mabey
Ellis M. Hooper Elmer Bagnall Muttart
John Goodwill Howatt Joseph Charles McIvor
Charles H. Lowther George Martin McMahon
Bruce Sutherland MacKay Ernest Murray Norton
Arthur Clinton Robinson William Douglas Sherren
Harry Robinson George Preston Smith
Henry Warburton Stewart Arnold Dudley Taylor
John Lymon Wood Post WWII – William Ness (1955)
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