Local Heroes

We Will Remember Them
An Extraordinary Sacrifice of a Generation
WWI   1914-1918

By: Arlene Colman, Poppy & Remembrance Chairman

From 2014 through 2018 we mark the 100th anniversary of the battles of  WWI. This war  reached out and touched almost everyone’s life in some way. We were not immune here Fenelon Falls and neighbouring communities, 57 of our men were killed in action.  Parents lost sons, wives lost husbands, children lost their father, brothers and sisters lost a brother and the fallen lost a life full of potential and promise. Most of their names are carved in stone on our cenotaph.

Those who go to war at the request of their Nation do not know the fate that awaits them. WWI was a war of such overwhelming sound, fury and unremitting horror. They went off to battle in the summer and were to be home by Christmas.  Instead, the misery went on for years. WWI was described as the war to end all wars.  As history shows it did not.

The names of these young men of our community, listed on the Roll of Honour below, answered the call when needed and served with courage and valour. The majority of them were farmers under the age of 25. They sacrificed the comforts, love and safety of home in order to defend the rights and freedoms of others. All paid with their lives.

Over time, will we introduce you to each of these native sons with a short biography of each man. As their bio is added to this site, their names will be highlighted by a link – click on their names to access more info. By getting to know them and their families you will be better able to understand the depth of the loss, the gratitude we owe them and the need to remember them.

AKISTER, George Wilbert1888-191628
ALDOUS, Thomas Grenville1895-191721
BEECROFT, Harvey1892-191624
BROOKER, Stephen Walter1897-191720
BUDD, James John1877-191740
CAMPBELL, Alexander "Shy"1886-191831
CAREW, Robert1896-191721
CHAMBERS, Allistar1895-191823
COSBY, Walter1897-191719
COULTER, Douglas Johnstone1896-191822
COTEY, Earle1894-191723
CRAGG, Russell Alexander1889-191626
CUNDAL, William Johnston1884-191631
DONALDSON, Robert John1894-191723
FARROW, George
FINLEY, Norman1878-191739
FISKE, Frederick1897-191821
GORDON, John "Jack"1879-191637
GORDON, Joseph1886-191529
GROVES, Robert1888-191729
HADLEY, Herbert Hilton1878-191740
HALLIDAY, Adam Sydney1895-191923
HATHAWAY, Harold1891-191726
HALL, George Carlton1898-191719
HUGHES, Wesley1885-191732
HUTCHINS, Horace1868-191749
JOHNSTON, Martin1890-191828
JUNKIN, Percy John Clayton1890-191626
KIRTON, Albert Edward1892-191826
KIRTON, William1890-191828
LORD, Lawrence MacLean1899-191818
LYLE, Wilbert Merril1897-191720
MacDOUGALL, Russell Hugh1897-191619
MARK, Robert Henry1883-191733
MARTIN, Malcolm1897-191720
McNEIL, Sherman1887-191730
METCALFE, Charles Norman1886-191832
MORRIS, Richard Leece1897-191821
MORRISON, William James 1876-191740
MOSS, Albert Edward1886-191732
NAYLOR, John Denby1896-191721
PATTON, Neil Smith1895-191823
QUIGG, Leslie B.1889-191626
SANDILAND, James R. Thomas 1892-191624
SHANKLAND, John Wilfred1897-191719
STILLWELL, Arthur James1890-191929
STINSON, Charles Howard1897-191719
TAGGART, Gordon1897-191720
TAMLIN, Edgar Melville1897-191821
WARWICK, William1894-191824
WHITNEY, Joseph William1888-191830
WILKINSON, Harry1887-191730
WILSON, Norman1891-191827
WRIGHT, William Albert1898-191719
YORK, Frank1888-191830