The Alderville War Monument

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The Alderville War Monument was unveiled on Sunday September 25, 1927 to a large crowd (some 3000 people) of community members, neighbouring communities, and dignitaries who had gathered for the commemoration of those who gave so much in the Great War, 1914-1918.

The first sod was turned on Sunday August 21st and within just over a month some 468 tons of concrete had been poured raising this unique design almost 50 feet. Clarence and Alf McKeel were the two Campbellford, Ontario men who contributed the design and technical advice on its construction, while the local men and women supplied the labour and hospitality.

Originally built to honour the 33 Alderville men who enlisted for service during the Great War including the 9 who gave up their lives, it now also commemorates the contributions made by Alderville during WW11, Korea, and peacetime. But it was the Great War, ‘the war to end all wars’ that could have only been in the minds of the people that day in 1927.

Described as “one of the most remarkable monuments in the whole of Canada” this beautiful structure “was the first erected in Canada to commemorate the service of Indians in the First World War.” 2007 marked the 80th anniversary of the construction of this “astounding” and purposely imposing memorial to the warriors of Alderville First Nation.

There are two plaques on the cenotaph, the first commemorating those who fought in World War I. Later another plaque was added to commemorate soldiers that served and died in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The monument has several symbolic features. The cube on top symbolizes the four directions of the earth. The three globes beneath signify the Holy Trinity. The three large pillars supporting the above represent the three holy virtues; faith, hope and charity. The square base on which the monument stands represents the four fundamental freedoms. The chain that encircles the entire monument symbolizes eternity, and the links that make up this chain represents each person who served during the wars. Lastly, the nine cubes which connect this chain together represent the nine men who lost their lives during the First World War.

The monument was with the hard physical labour of many volunteers. The men used hand shovels and muscle to stir the cement which makes up the monument. The women spent hours cooking and supplying meals for the hard-working volunteers.

The Alderville Cenotaph was honoured as the British dirigible. the R-100, passed overhead during its visit to Canada. The R-100 dipped its nose in tribute to Alderville’s heroic was record.

Today, the Cenotaph is still cherished by the members of the community. Ever year on November 11, the community gathers at the Cenotaph to pay their respects to the men and women who participated in the wars. Alderville First Nation will always remember those who died for our freedom.

 

TO THE HONOUR AND GLORY OF THOSE FROM
THE ALDERVILLE RESERVE WHO SERVED
IN WORLD WAR I   1914 – 1918
KILLED IN ACTION

Wm. BLAKER
JOS. BLAKER
VIC BLAKER
AUS. BEAVER
S. COMEGO
Wm. HAGAR
W. FRANKLIN
A. SIMPSON
ROBT. TOBIGO

SERVED

JOHN BEAVER
ED BEAVER
ROSS BEAVER
ISAAC BEAVER
C. BLAKER
SAM BLAKER
H. COMEGO
A. COMEGO
P. COMEGO
S. COMEGO
ALEX COMEGO
D. M. CROWE
S. CROWE

JOS. CHUBB
A. CHUBB
M. MARSDEN
N. MARSDEN
R. FRANKLIN
S. HAGAR
NOAH SMOKE
S. SMOKE
M. SMOKE
Wm. STEVENSON
D. WHEELER
A. TOBIGO
J. TOBIGO
“THEIR NAMES LIVE FOREVERMORE”

 

TO THE HONOUR AND GLORY OF THOSE FROM
THE ALDERVILLE RESERVE WHO SERVED
IN WORLD WAR II   1939 – 1945
KILLED IN ACTION

ARTHUR BEAVER
WILBURN CHUBB

SERVED

ALVIN BEAVER
EDWARD BEAVER
IVAN BEAVER
WILLIAM BIGWIN
GEORGE BLAKER
LAWSON CHASE
STEWART COMEGO
GERALD GRAY
ALVIN HAGAR
AMOS MARSDEN
THOMAS MARSDEN
EVERETT SIMPSON
ELDON SMOKE

REGINALD SMOKE
ROY SMOKE
VELBURN SMOKE
LEO SMOKE
CALVIN SMOKE
LOUIS GRAY
JOHN LOUKES
JAMES SMOKE
JOHN SUNDAY
WILFORD SUNDAY
WILFRED SUNDAY
CECIL TOBICO
ARTHUR WHEELER
ALFRED LOUKES
DANIEL SIMPSON
Wm. STEVENSON
EPHRIAM BLAKER
JOHN BEAVER
OLIVER CROWE
WALTER CROWE
ROBERT FRANKLIN
FRED MARSDEN
LAWRENCE MARSDEN
BRUCE MARSDEN
BEN CHUBB
NORMAN MARSDEN Sr.
NORMAN MARSDEN Jr.
RAYMOND BLAKER
LESLIE MARSDEN
HOWARD SMOKE
ROBERT MARSDEN
LEONARD SMOKE
DELBERT BEAVER
ALBERT BIGWIN
CLIFFORD SMOKE
EARL SMOKE
STEWART SMOKE
DONALD SMOKE
ELMER BEAVER
BEATRICE SMOKE
JAMES MARSDEN
PERCY A. MARSDEN
BASIL SUNDAY
MORLEY SUNDAY
CARL SUNDAY
CLARENCE SUNDAY
GERALD LOUKES

VIETNAM WAR

DARRELL MARSDEN
ROBERT BAKER

“THEIR NAMES LIVE FOREVERMORE”