Ceno­taph fur­nished with names, faces

80 men from Delhi area made supreme sac­ri­fice

The Delhi News-Record - - FRONT PAGE - MONTE SONNENBERG

The men of Delhi and sur­round­ing area who died in the great wars of the last cen­tury are present at the King Street ceno­taph in spirit.

Now, vis­i­tors have names and faces to in­form their re­mem­brances.

An all-weather mini-mu­ral has been in­stalled at the ceno­taph chron­i­cling the 80 sol­diers from Delhi and sur­round­ing area who made the supreme sac­ri­fice.

Or­ga­niz­ers and spon­sors gath­ered at the ceno­taph Satur­day to speak about this lat­est ad­di­tion to the pub­lic his­tory of Delhi.

“The pic­tures were the hard­est thing,” said lo­cal war his­to­rian Grant Smith. “They had to be worked so they were the same size and to take out the grain­i­ness.”

Some images were lifted from news­pa­pers more than 100 years old. Pho­tos were un­avail­able for some of the sol­diers. For them, a poppy ap­pears in their place.

Delhi has a large, stately ceno­taph in Me­mo­rial Park. How­ever, the names of lo­cal sol­diers who made the supreme sac­ri­fice were never en­graved on it.

Grant said this was due, in part, to the fact that the names of the dead were gath­ered and cast in bronze on the Car­il­lon Tower in Sim­coe. When the tower was built in the early-1920s, it was known as the Nor­folk War Me­mo­rial.

“The mu­ral is an ef­fort to put names and faces to those who died,” the Nor­folk Re­mem­brance Com­mit­tee says in a news re­lease.

“The small vil­lage of Lyne­doch saw nine men go off to the First World War and three would die. Twelve men from Wind­ham ( Town­ship) died in the First World War and three brothers – Bruce, Harry and Ivan Wag­ner of Teeter­ville – were killed in the Sec­ond World War.

“Oth­ers came from Court­land, Hawtrey, LaSalette, Nixon, Wye­combe, Ot­ter­ville and Lang­ton.”

Vis­i­tors to Delhi could spend the bet­ter part of an af­ter­noon tour­ing the com­mu­nity and read­ing up on the town’s in­ter­est­ing build­ings and neigh­bour­hoods. Aside from the dis­play at the ceno­taph, seven other mini-mu­rals went up in Delhi in re­cent days.

Sub­jects ex­plored in­clude Delhi’s first fire sta­tion, the for­mer Im­pe­rial Leaf to­bacco pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity, Delhi’s first train sta­tion, and the ghost vil­lage of Cro­ton south­west of town.

Pat Lon­cke, a mem­ber of Delhi’s His­tor­i­cal Mini Mu­rals Com­mit­tee, says the ex­hibits are spread­ing the word about the town’s his­tory both lo­cally and be­yond. Any­one any­where in the world with an In­ter­net connection can read about Delhi’s colour­ful past thanks to th­ese dis­plays.

“Five min­utes af­ter they go up, they’re pop­ping up on Face­book,” Lon­cke said.

The story board at the ceno­taph is a sep­a­rate project from the rest of the mini-mu­rals. It was un­der­taken by Nor­folk’s Re­mem­brance Com­mit­tee with fund­ing from the Delhi Kins­men Club.

MONTE SONNENBERG / DELHI NEWS-RECORD

A mini mu­ral has been in­stalled at the ceno­taph in Delhi shar­ing de­tails of the 80 sol­diers from Delhi and sur­round­ing area who made the supreme sac­ri­fice dur­ing the First and Sec­ond World Wars. On hand to speak about the ad­di­tion on Satur­day, Nov. 4, 2017 were, from left, lo­cal war his­to­rian Grant Smith, Her­man DeGeyter of the Delhi Kins­men Club, Nor­folk Re­mem­brance Com­mit­tee chair Heather King and Arthur Sayer, 97, of Lyne­doch, a vet­eran of the Sec­ond World War.

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