Re­mem­ber­ing heroes

Mal­lo­ry­town gets to the end of its Re­mem­brance Road

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - FRONT PAGE - WAYNE LOWRIE

MAL­LO­RY­TOWN – The lo­cal Le­gion reached a mile­stone with its Re­mem­brance ser­vices on Fri­day.

Since 2000, Le­gion mem­bers, schoolchil­dren and dig­ni­taries have gath­ered on the shoul­der of Coun­try Road 5 to pay trib­ute to one of the 19 fallen ser­vice­men from the area.

The ser­vice is al­ways held on the Fri­day be­fore Re­mem­brance Day to al­low chil­dren from Front of Yonge El­e­men­tary School to par­tic­i­pate.

They call it the Re­mem­brance Road Cer­e­mony for the 19 trees planted along the road, each one ded­i­cated to one of the sol­diers.

On Fri­day, they reached the end of the line, hon­our­ing the last of the fallen.

He was Fred­er­ick Ford Cook, a 24-year-old farmer from Front of Yonge, who died on Nov. 16, 1918, just five days af­ter the end of the First World War. Pri­vate Cook died in France af­ter be­ing gassed by a mus­tard-gas shell sev­eral days ear­lier. Cook was gassed on ei­ther Nov. 11 or Nov. 9 – the war records are un­clear.

If the gas at­tack was on the 11th, Ar­mistice Day, it would make Cook one of the last Cana­dian sol­diers to die in the Great War.

Cook had been wounded be­fore on the bat­tle­field.

On Aug. 14, 1918 – three months be­fore his death – the pri­vate was hurt by shell con­cus­sion while fight­ing in Princess Pa­tri­cia’s Cana­dian Light In­fantry, which he had joined in Jan­uary of that year.

Cook was one of six ser­vice­men from the area to die in the First World War. Twelve died in the Sec­ond World War.

When the Le­gion started its Re­mem­brance Road Cer­e­monies in 2000, there were only 18 trees planted along the road in trib­ute to the fallen.

The 19th was added in 2006 with the death of Cpl. Randy Payne in Afghanistan.

The Re­mem­brance Road Cer­e­monies make a point to in­volve the schoolchil­dren in the ser­vice. As the names of the fallen were called out, a young­ster had the duty of plant­ing a small Cana­dian flag un­der his tree.

The chil­dren also sang and re­cited po­ems as part of the ser­vice. Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies will be held across the area at 11 a.m. on Sun­day, in­clud­ing at Brockville’s ceno­taph, where the cer­e­mony is pre­ceded by a pa­rade from city hall. wlowrie@hot­mail.com

WAYNE LOWRIE/THE RECORDER AND TIMES

Schoolchil­dren re­cite po­etry at Mal­lo­ry­town’s Re­mem­brance Road cer­e­mony on Fri­day.

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