City of Guelph expands cenotaph Roll of Honour

Cenotaph names remember soldiers who died during active military service

Guelph, Ont., November 9, 2017 – The names of 31 soldiers who served and died during the first and second World Wars will be added to the Guelph Roll of Honour cenotaph in 2018, decades after making the ultimate sacrifice.

In 2014, the City of Guelph received inquiries from community members regarding names of military personnel they considered to be missing from the cenotaph.  This prompted the City to put a call out to  the community to submit names of members of the Canadian Forces from Guelph, who died as a result of their military service, and who are not  already identified on the Roll of Honour.

The call for submissions generated 78 names that were forwarded to Guelph Museums for further research. After reviewing military records and cross-referencing the names with those on the Roll of Honour, the Museum identified 32 of the suggested names were already included at the cenotaph, and 15 did not qualify for inclusion under the City’s cenotaph policy.

“We are thankful to community members for submitting additional names for the cenotaph,” says Danna Evans, general manager of culture, tourism and community investment. “It sends a strong message to our veteran community and the families of those who lost a loved one, that their sacrifice is not only appreciated, but remembered.”

With assistance from Woodlawn Memorial Park, 31 names will be added to the Roll of Honour early in 2018.  In the interim, names and information about those who gave their lives in service can be found at guelphmuseums.ca/guelph-remembers

Media contact

Tammy Adkin, Manager of Guelph Museums
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
City of Guelph
519-836-1221 extension 2775
tammy.adkin@guelph.ca