Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 13, 2015

Cornwall Photographs of the Week. Cornwall War Memorial.


Cornwall Ontario’s  War Memorial, photograph taken in 1960.  The monument is inscribed “Erected by the citizens of Cornwall and suburbs in sacred memory of those who gave their lives in the Great War for Liberty and Justice, 1914 – 1918.

Cornwall Ontario’s Cenotaph was unveiled in front of a crowd of thousand by Baron Byng of Vimy on June 5, 1925.


A photocard by Cornwall photographer Douglas Hunter at the unveiling of the Cenotaph.

scan0033                            The crowd attending the unveiling of the Cenotaph.

The monument was erected at a cost of $10,000 by the Thompson Monument Co. of Toronto, it was designed by Emanuel Kahn.

scan0035After the Second World War Cornwall’s Legion resolved that as “We already have a very fine Monument for our Comrades who fell in the First War…it was therefore considered unnecessary to erect a similar one.  It was felt, however, that a more practical manner would be to erect a permanent building, to be used as a Community Centre as an expression of our deep and lasting appreciation of their devotion to the cause of freedom.”  A.W. Gammon, Chairman.


Field Marshall Viscount Alexander, Governor-General of Canada (centre) observes two minutes of silence during the sounding of the last post and reveille at the laying of a wreath at the cenotaph on August 7, 1946.  Squadron Leader Harry Williams President of the Cornwall Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, is to the left and Mayor Horovitz, wearing his chain of office to the right.

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