Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | November 13, 2016

Document of the Week. World War I Memorial Scroll, Private Herbert William Kittle, 21st Bn., CEF.

Kittle_CommemorativePrinted World War I Memorial Scroll to Private Herbert William Kittle, 21st Bn., CEF.  Serial No. 633200; died on August 19, 1917 at age 21 as a war casualty. He suffered multiple gun shot wounds and was buried in Plot 5 Row C Grave 15 at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France. The tomb stone inscription reads: “In Loving Remembrance. – Mr. William J. Kittle, Cornwall, Ont.” The cemetery is the final resting place of 1,332 identified casualties. Lapugnoy Military Cemetery contains 1,324 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 3 being unidentified, and 11 from the Second World War, all dating from May 1940.

Kittle was born in Cornwall on April 24, 1886 to William James Kittle and Hannah J. (nee McKay) Kittle.

Over a million of plaques and scrolls were issued from 1919 to several years after the War and sent to next of kin in commemoration of their sacrifice during the conflict.

This scroll was framed in Cornwall by A.A. Fournelle, furniture dealer and picture framer, Cornwall.


Kittle_Fournelle FramerIt was saved for posterity by two women who saw it at Cornwall’s Value Village.  Believing that the scroll should have a better home, they rushed to the museum to learn more about Kittle and the scroll’s history.  After providing them with the pertinent information, they kindly donated the scroll to the museum.

It is now on display as our Remembrance Month exhibit.


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