Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | October 28, 2015

Cornwall and World War II exhibit.


World War II Canadian Service medals donated by Sergeant L.G. Lavigne, (1917 – 1988).

Medals, left to right:  The 1039 – 45 Star; The France and Germany Star; The Defence Medal’ Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas clasp and the 1939 – 45 War Medal.scan0041

L.G. Lavigne, in England, March 1941.

Lavigne joined the 2nd Ottawa Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery in 1939 and saw active service until he was discharged with the rank of Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant in 1945.  After the War he returned to Cornwall and opened a grocery store in the North End.  He was elected to Cornwall City Council in 1947 and became Mayor in 1957.


Lavigne in England in March 1941.  He wrote on the back of the photograph.  “One of our guns.  We also have bigger ones.”

From November 11th until the Museum closed in Mid December we will be highlighting Cornwall’s contribution to World War II.

The Museum will be open 11 am to 4 pm Wed. to Sunday, admission is free.

About the collection.  The photographs and medals shown in this article were generously donated to the SD & G Historical Society’s archives and museum by Mr. Lavigne.  Along with Mayor Lavigne’s memorabilia we also have a collection from former Mayors Horovitz, Kaneb and Parisien, and MP Lionel Chevrier.

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