About The On The War Memorial Trail Research Project

Cenotaph outside Borden Carleton Legion by Pieter Valkenburg

Cenotaph outside the Borden-Carleton Legion. (Photo credit: Pieter Valkenburg)

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 memorialtrail@gmail.com  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:

WWI                                                                                              WWII

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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