Brantford Ontario First World War Memorial Plaque

Brantford Collegiate Institute - First World War Memorial Plaque

BX January 9, 1925

Memory of Brave Students Honored – Tablet Unveiled at the Brantford Collegiate Institute in Befitting Manner – Eloquent Dedicatory Address by Archdeacon Fotheringham

A service of solemnity marked the dedication last night, in the Collegiate Institute of a Memorial Tablet to those students who so bravely gave their lives in the Great War.  The auditorium was well filled by participants in this tribute to the departed heroes.

Dedication Address

The dedication address was delivered in a most impressive manner by Archdeacon Fotheringham, Rector of Grace Anglican Church, stressing as it did, the things to be learned from such a tablet, and the thoughts that should be prompted in the hearts for all, and more especially in those of the present students.  It was a fit and proper thing that such a memorial should be erected as there was the danger that the deeds of those departed would be forgotten.  To recall those young men as they were remembered at the Collegiate and in the home, and then to attempt to realize what they had so heroically passed through, even to the loss of life itself, in order that liberty might live was cause for reverent thought and gratitude.  The younger generation found it hard to realize what war was and it was well to teach them of the brave deeds of the departed.

Noble Purpose

The reverend gentleman mentioned the case of three out of many youths with whom he came in contact during the war.  These three lads, thrilled with the hope and promise of life, had responded to the call and in the ensuing bitter days of strife, two of them died and the third survived in a prison camp.

What was the motive which had prompted these and thousands of other lads to go?  Not a motive of love for war, or adventure, or lust for blood, or gain.  Other motives were behind their going.  In some cases the spirit of adventure or chivalry, or honor, or love of country, all these could be summed up as a sense of duty.  Those students who sacrificed all had that conception of duty to home, country, empire, even to God.  Whatever the motive, those who went saw their ideal, tried to reach it and fell, making a complete sacrifice, offering everything they had.  “They served, they suffered, and they died.”

Greater Things

There were greater things in life than might or gain, in fact the greatest things in life were ideals and though life was an arduous study-book and the way easily confused, there was that one ideal, that of God, that of one Cross above all.  The student soldier heroes gave their tomorrow for our today, handing on the torch of God and religion to us.  Great would be the woe if the torch was not taken up.  They died for us, we should live for them.

The reading of the names on the tablet was performed by Major Oxtaby, followed by the dedication prayer by Captain, the Reverend C.S. Oke.  On behalf of the student body, Miss Margaret Ballachey and Mr. Alan Broadbent presented the inscription to the tablet proper, Principal A.M. Overholt receiving the same on behalf of the school and making a particularly appropriate reply.  He stated that in choosing the two students to represent the 1924-1925 students, he had selected Alan Broadbent as typical of the boys who had fallen, and Margaret Ballachey as typical of those who had borne the sacrifice.

During the service, Miss Marion Laing and Mrs. Frank Leeming rendered vocal solos, while the school orchestra, under the direction of Mrs. F. Lord, gave selections.  Principal Overholt was the chairman.

The Hero Roll

The following are the names on the tablet:

Adams, John Mitchell

Battersby, William Falconer

Beckett, Arlington Austin
Brewster, Harold Staples

Cockshutt, Harvey Watt
Connell, Edward Blake

Dewar, Charles Henry
Dodwell, Clare Herbert

Fraser, Finlay David

Graham, Thomas Fleck
Gray, Allan

Hamilton, Douglas Kipp
Hately, John

Kelly, William Joseph

Livingston, Hugh Dalton
Livingston, Lawrence Wilmot

Macdonald, Katherine Maude
Matthews, George Frederick
Metcalfe, Alva Elmer                  
Misener, Milburne Smith
Mott, Jacob Ernest
Mounfield, Kenneth Robertson
Moyer, Percival

Orr, John Percy 

Patten, Edgar William Galbraith
Patterson, Charles Forrest
Pearce, Reginald Richard
Perry, Frank Cochrane
Preston, Harold Brant

Rehder, Lorne Henry

Saunders, Lorne Lamont
Schell, Stanley Frederick
Shaver, Cecil Haggart  
Simpson, William Edgar
Small, Victor Lawrence
Stratford, George Stacey
Stratford, Joseph Benjamin

Vaughan, John Egerton

Watts, Robert Edward
Weir, Arthur Graham
White, Harold Sydney
Wilkes, Maurice Fisken