In towns across Huronia November 11 is a poignant day of remembrance. In Waubaushene a small group, ages 8 – 80, gathered in Veterans Memorial Park to honour those townspeople who gave their lives in the two world wars.
World War I broke out in August 1914. Recruiting stations were quickly set up and young men were encouraged to enlist. Within 1 month advance volunteers of the 35th Regiment Simcoe Foresters were on their way to Valcartier Quebec where they became part of the 1st Canadian Division. They were in position on the Western Front by the end of February 1915.
The 177th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), was the 2nd Battalion raised in Simcoe County.
D Company was made up of men from the Midland area, including Waubaushene.
They took their initial training in Camp Borden, then left for England and France on April 4th 1917.
This photo, taken about 1916, features 12 youths from Waubaushene and area, two of whose names are engraved on the Cenotaph. From right to left: “Hank” Fallowfield, Bob Davidson, Frank Kitchner, “Rolly” Wright, Darwin Raymond, “Bob” Kitchner, Sam Duncliffe, Harvey Etherington, Howard Arbour, Willie McKendrie, Nommo McCauhan, Lytle Carter, Annabelle Arbour.
From the 4 CEF battalions organized from the Grey and Simcoe Foresters, over 450 lost their lives during the First World War.
Lest we forget.
Waubaushene Public Library