We start 2015 with three “vanished” schools. The bricks and mortar of Grand Avenue, Humber Bay, and Silverthorn schools have gone, but their war memorials survive to remind us of students who volunteered for king and country.
Humber Bay’s memorial proudly displayed in its fourth location. ©2015 Toronto Branch OGS
A fourth school, Fairbank Memorial, rounds […]
The year 2014 began with the promise of much remembering.
One hundred years since the outbreak of the Great War; 70 years since D-day in the Second World War. Princess Anne would re-dedicate Canada’s national war memorial in Ottawa, 75 years after her grandfather, King George VI, first unveiled it in 1939.
As students and teachers settle into their classes for another year, our project volunteers are celebrating a back-to-school accomplishment—we now have a full 100 schools in For King and Country database!
Just added are war memorials and school histories from: The Bishop Strachan School; Davisville Public School; Eastern High School of Commerce; George Syme School; Humbercrest […]
Leslieville (Leslie Street) school will celebrate 150 years on April 26. The school’s first principal was Alexander Muir, composer of “The Maple Leaf Forever.”
The school’s war memorials (485 names) have been indexed and a photo is on our website. Congratulations to this east-of-the-Don school and to a neighbourhood packed with history.
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 […]
In the airport-style waiting room of Toronto West (York) Court House—Traffic Division, the security guard searching bags answers my question about the overhead sign “FAW.”
“I think the ‘F’ stands for first offence,” he says.
My first offence? Failing to produce my motor vehicle permit when stopped by police. A court officer quickly dismisses the charge—with a […]
…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 […]
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 […]
Every day is Remembrance Day when working with war memorials, but as November 11 rolls around each year, the “For King and Country” team aims for an extra push.
Toronto Branch is pleased to add 3,026 names (from 10 schools) to our database in time for this year’s Lest We Forget observances.
Canada’s “too much geography, not […]