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Two thousand more names…

For King and Country has expanded again!

We’ve just added more than two thousand names to our database of Toronto school war memorials.

Many schools in the city display lists of students, former students, and teachers who volunteered for active service during the two World Wars and other conflicts. Some lists name only those who died, but most include all who enlisted. For King and Country is an ongoing Toronto Branch project to locate, photograph and transcribe these memorials and research the schools where they are—or were once—found.

WWII "illuminated list" memorial

WWII “illuminated list” memorial originally at Coleman Avenue School in East York

The new names are from five schools, two of which are “vanished”—no physical traces of them remain. Coleman Avenue School used to stand in East York, on Coleman Avenue between Barrington Avenue and Dawes Road. It closed in 1964 after more than 50 years, and the building was demolished in the early 70s. Wellesley Public School was in operation from 1874 to 1956 at Wellesley and Bay Streets in downtown Toronto, on what would later be the site of the Sutton Place Hotel (now The Britt Condominiums). Both the Coleman and Wellesley memorials are now housed in the Toronto District School Board archives.

The three other schools whose memorials have now been transcribed are: Courcelette Public School, in Scarborough near Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue; Hartman Jones Memorial School, now Westwood Middle School, on Carlaw Avenue north of Danforth Avenue; and Oakwood Collegiate Institute, on St Clair Avenue West at Oakwood Avenue.

These latest additions bring the total number of schools researched and documented in our memorials database to 112… and the number of names recorded to 44,326

Visit the For King and Country website now and find out how Toronto’s schools remember their young men and women who went to war.


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