Land­marks hon­our veter­ans

Ma­jor thor­ough­fares, lo­cal schools named af­ter armed forces mem­bers

Calgary Herald - - CITY - YOLANDE COLE

As Cal­gar­i­ans pre­pare to pay their re­spects on Nov. 11 to those who have died in the line of duty, Post­media took a closer look at some of the many lo­cal land­marks named af­ter mem­bers of the armed forces. Some of the city’s ma­jor thor­ough­fares were named in recog­ni­tion of the con­tri­bu­tions of veter­ans, in­clud­ing Memo­rial Drive, which is lined with trees that were planted to com­mem­o­rate fallen sol­diers af­ter the First World War. Here is a se­lec­tion of a few other streets, build­ings and land­marks named in hon­our of veter­ans.


The span over the El­bow River is named af­ter John Ge­orge Pattison, who was awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross for his brav­ery at the Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917. Pattison, who worked at the Calgary Gas Com­pany be­fore en­list­ing in March 1916, was killed in ac­tion in June 1917. A moun­tain in Jasper Na­tional Park is also named af­ter him.


The north­east road is named af­ter Wil­liam “Wil­lie” McKnight, a fly­ing of­fi­cer dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and one of the toprank­ing fighter pi­lots of the Royal Air Force. McKnight was born in Ed­mon­ton, grew up in Calgary and at­tended Cres­cent Heights High School. He was awarded the Dis­tin­guished Fly­ing Cross. His plane went miss­ing dur­ing a raid in 1941 when he was just 22.


Cana­dian war hero Fred­die McCall was known as a First World War fly­ing ace. He re­ceived medals in­clud­ing the Mil­i­tary Cross, the Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Or­der and the Dis­tin­guished Fly­ing Cross for his suc­cesses in the Royal Fly­ing Corps. Prior to its cur­rent name, the Calgary air­port was named af­ter McCall. The pro­vin­cial elec­toral district of Calgary-McCall and the McCall Lake Golf Course also bear his name.


This south­east ju­nior high school is named af­ter Ian Wil­loughby Bazalgette, who was posthu­mously awarded a Vic­to­ria Cross af­ter he tried to save two wounded mem­bers of his crew by land­ing a Lan­caster bomber while it was en­gulfed in flames. The air­craft ex­ploded upon land­ing and he and the two crew mem­bers died. A moun­tain was also named af­ter Bazalgette in Jasper Na­tional Park in 1949.


This school in Panorama Hills is named af­ter the first female Cana­dian sol­dier killed in com­bat. She died in Afghanistan in 2006. She was posthu­mously awarded the Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medal and the Sac­ri­fice Medal.


Many of the streets in this devel­op­ment re­flect the mil­i­tary his­tory of this for­mer Cana­dian Forces Base Calgary site. Mary Dover Drive is named af­ter one of the first female of­fi­cers in Canada. Dover vol­un­teered dur­ing the Sec­ond World War as a re­cruit­ing of­fi­cer for the Cana­dian Women’s Army Corps and in 1942 she served in Eng­land. She was rec­og­nized with awards in­clud­ing Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire and the Or­der of Canada. Tommy Prince Road is named af­ter one of Canada’s most dec­o­rated First Na­tions sol­diers, who served in the Sec­ond World War and the Korean War. Cur­rie Bar­racks was named af­ter Gen. Sir Arthur Cur­rie, con­sid­ered one of the best com­man­ders in Cana­dian mil­i­tary his­tory.


The area now known as Gar­ri­son Green was once part of the CFB site and was used as an air­field dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. That mil­i­tary his­tory is now re­flected in 13 streets named af­ter Cana­dian peace­keep­ers. Peace­keeper Park also pays trib­ute to those who have lost their lives in Cana­dian peace­keep­ing mis­sions.


The area now known as Gar­ri­son Green, above, was used as an air­field dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Ian Bazalgette

Wil­liam McKnight

Arthur Cur­rie

Nichola Goddard

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