Figure 1: Camp Borden c. 1916. Photo Courtesy of Huronia’s Past and Present
2016 is the 100th anniversary of Canadian Forces Base Borden in Angus Ontario. In commemoration of this anniversary Base Borden has built the CFB Centennial Memorial Wall at the northern entrance to the Base. The impressive monument is a 28-foot length of black granite with a rising wing of white granite at one end. It sits atop a 60-by-40-foot podium next to a bronze statue of a First World War bugler.
Within the wall there is sacred soil returned from the WWI Vimy Ridge battlefield containing the DNA of some of the 3,600 Canadian soldiers killed there in April, 1917. Community donations helped fund the trip to Vimy and the construction of Borden Legacy Monument itself.
Figure 2: Memorial Wall (Artist’s Conception)
At our April 2016 Heritage Committee meeting we received a letter from CFB Borden inviting nearby municipalities to submit information about their communities and their activities related to the military and Base Borden in particular. This information was to be sealed in a time capsule to be included in the CFB Centennial Memorial Wall. The capsule is to be opened in 2116.
In response the Tay Heritage Committee has submitted for the time capsule photographs and articles related to Tay’s heritage, including folders on Port McNicoll. Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene, Waverley and Rural Tay. In all, our deposit included some 300 heritage photographs and 25 articles, including 58 photos and 3 articles on our service people during the two World Wars, many of whom trained at Base Borden as members of the Simcoe Foresters in WWI and the Grey and Simcoe Foresters in WWII.
Figure 3: Simcoe Foresters Cap Badge Photo Courtesy of Huronia’s Past and Present
Figure 4: Troops Board Train from Midland, August 1914.
Figure 5: Call to Arms c.1916. Many North Simcoe Area Recruits in WWI Were Assigned to the 177th Battalion of the Simcoe Foresters
Figure 6: Cap Badge for The Grey and Simcoe Foresters (after 1936)
In 2116 our deposit of documents will be returned to Tay Township (or its successor). Hopefully our descendants will be interested in heritage material some of which by then will be well over 200 years old!