7:30 a.m., Nov. 11)
Local villages paid a heavy price in serving their country
By Fred Sherwin
area residents join members of the military, both past and
present, this Saturday to pay homage to those who made the
ultimate sacrifice, they can reflect on the dozens of men
and women from local communities like Bearbrook, Vars, Orléans,
Navan and Cumberland Village, who answered the call to serve
in the both the First and Second World Wars.
Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held at the Orléans Legion on Taylor Creek Road this Wednesday, May 22 starting at 10:30 a.m. Sandwiches and light refreshments will be served afterwards. File photo
Navan Cenotaph has 12 names on it, representing the 12
native sons who never made it back home from the First
World War. Many of them came from families who were among
the earliest settlers in the area – the Shaws, the Cottons,
the Armstrongs and the Daggs.
all of them came from local farms, recruited into the
military to handle the horse teams that pulled the heavy
guns and amunition carriages through the mud near the
loss would have made a profound impact on a community
that had only been established four decades earlier.
same is true in Vars where 10 names adorn the granite
face of the village’s Cenotaph, including that of Ernest
Bonsall, who went missing in action during the battle
of Passchendale on November 6, 1917 at the age of 22.
Memorial Cenotaph has seven additional names on it.
the cenotaphs represent the 29 young men who perished
during what has been dubbed “The Great War”. But there
are many more names of young men who volunteered to serve
there country and did make it back home. Men like George
Muggleton, Martin Burns, Jim Shaw, Jack Pruner and Tom
Melvin, all from the Village of Navan.
Kennedy returned to his native Cumberland Village and
married Eva Farmer who also served in the First World
War as a nurse. Together they raised a family and had
six children, three of whom would serve in the Second
would go on to serve as reeve and treasurer of Cumberland
Township, while Eva was the village nurse and mid-wife,
delivering countless babies during her career.
fewer men volunteered for the First World War from nearby
Orléans, but one of them – Odilon Tétreau – served in
the 224th Forestry Battalion for two years before joining
his comrades for the voyage home after the war ended.
He would marry Eugénie Proulx, in 1919 and the couple
would have a daughter Jeannette.
are the names of just some of the young men from the area
who answered the call to serve their country during the
First World War, many more would continue their legacy
of service in the next Great War.
would fall while others would make it back, grateful for
their providence, but never forgetting the sacrifices
made by their brethren, many of whom were friends and
even kin. And the rest of us can only be eternally grateful
for their service..
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