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Preparing War Memorials: Danforth Tech Shows How

How did schools collect the names for their war memorials? Danforth Tech, with 2,235 volunteers— more than any other school in the Commonwealth—shows us.

Danforth Tech’s form for collecting students’ info for war memorials. Photo courtesy Danforth CTI Library and Archives

A War Memorial Committee sent forms like John D. Marr’s (pictured here) asking former students [...]

Vanished Schools and Vanished Times: Wellesley Public School

A great uncle’s school certificate sparked a search for one of Toronto’s “vanished” halls of learning. Opened in 1874, Wellesley Public School sat like a fancy wedding cake on the north east corner of Bay and Wellesley Streets in downtown Toronto. The “most handsome and best-furnished school building in Toronto” featured the “mod cons” of [...]

The Mystery of Chilton Street School

This plaque hangs in Rose Avenue School, 675 Ontario Street, (south of Bloor Street East, between Parliament and Sherbourne Streets) in Toronto’s St. James Town. Chilton Street does not appear on current maps of Toronto. There is a Chilton Road in East York, but it is several kilometres northeast of Rose Avenue School. Did Chilton [...]

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…I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
When you joined the great fallen in 1916.
Well, I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean.
—Eric Bogle “No Man’s Land (The Green Fields of France)” ©Larrikin Music

This plaque at McMurrich Public School started the search for Ernest Jones. ©Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical [...]

Neighbourhood churches may fill some gaps…

Little Trinity Church, Toronto ©Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Sackville Street School displays a memorial for World War I, but none for World War II. Little Trinity (Anglican) Church, a three-minute walk (270 metres) northwest of the school, fills some gaps in the neighbourhood history. Of the 581 parishioners involved in World War I, 70 [...]