Name for Carbonear long-term care fa­cil­ity hon­ours lo­cal sol­dier

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CARBONEAR, NL — The sac­ri­fice of a Carbonear sol­dier killed in bat­tle over 100 years ago will for­ever be re­mem­bered through the name of the new long-term care fa­cil­ity.

Last Mon­day, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for­mally an­nounced the pre­vi­ously un­named fa­cil­ity would from now on be called the Pte. Josiah Squibb Memo­rial Pavil­ion.

A bul­let to the head re­port­edly killed Squibb, a mem­ber of the New­found­land Reg­i­ment, on Oct. 19, 1915. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the Bri­tish War Medal and the Vic­tory Medal.

“I am hon­oured to name the Carbonear long-term care home af­ter such a brave young man,” Health Min­is­ter John Hag­gie said in a news re­lease. “When the First World War came call­ing, Pte. Squibb signed up early and he died far too soon.”

Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 23 in Carbonear of­fered the name sug­ges­tion for the fa­cil­ity, which has 228 beds. Gov­ern­ment also an­nounced Mon­day that 28 ad­di­tional beds will soon open in Carbonear.

“I would like to thank the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, Branch 23 for their sub­mis­sion to name the Carbonear long-term care fa­cil­ity af­ter First World War Vet­eran Pte Josiah Squibb,” Carbonear-Trin­ity-Bay de Verde MHA Steve Crocker said. “We will re­mem­ber his sac­ri­fice for years to come through this memo­rial.”

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

East­ern Health’s long-term care fa­cil­ity in Carbonear is now the Pte. Josiah Squibb Memo­rial Pavil­ion.

PRO­VIN­CIAL AR­CHIVES

Pte. Josiah Squibb of Carbonear was killed at Gal­lipoli in 1915 dur­ing the First World War. He was 19.

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