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Remembrance for a Parkdale son

A wooden cross first marked the spot where Parkdale’s Roy Victor Jones lost his life in April 1917—one of about 3,600 Canadians who fell at Vimy Ridge.

When the wooden crosses at Vimy were replaced with stone markers, Roy’s parents had his cross brought home. John and Helen Jones are now buried in Etobicoke’s Park Lawn Cemetery and a fragment of their son’s cross stands beside their shared grave stone.

Vimy cross fragment in Parklawn Cemetery, Etobicoke

The date Apr 9, 1917 still visible on the cross fragment.

Roy Jones is also remembered in memorial lists at Parkdale Public School, near Queen Street West and Lansdowne Avenue, and Parkdale Collegiate Institute, on Jameson Avenue just south of Queen Street West.

Parkdale C.I., the second oldest high school in Toronto, is one of three schools that have just been added to For King and Country, the Toronto Branch database of war memorials in Toronto schools. The two other new schools in the database are Birch Cliff Heights Public School, on Highview Avenue northwest of Kingston Road, and Malvern Collegiate Institute, on Malvern Avenue between Kingston Road and Gerrard Street East. Special thanks for the help from the staff at the archives of  Malvern and Parkdale. Their concern for the past, the present, and the future of their schools should make all Malvernites and Parkdalians proud.

Our For King and Country database now contains 107 schools and more than 42,000 names of students, former students, and teachers who volunteered for active service in World War I or II or other military conflicts, as well as valuable information about the history of the schools themselves.

Visit our For King and Country pages to search the database, explore Toronto’s school memorials and learn more about Roy Jones and his story.

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