Memo­ri­als, ceno­taphs re­mem­bered by Ox­ford County Ar­chives

Tillsonburg News - - SPORTS - CHRIS FUNSTON

This no­vem­ber, in cel­e­bra­tion of the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War, the Ox­ford County Ar­chives is re­leas­ing a new book, Hon­our­ing Ox­ford: The Ceno­taphs and Memo­ri­als of the Great War.

Ox­ford County ar­chiv­ist Liz Mayville, the book’s au­thor, spent more than five years putting the book to­gether, com­mem­o­rat­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties that chose to hon­our their fallen sons, fa­thers, broth­ers and friends through the cre­ation of last­ing memo­ri­als and mon­u­ments.

“The book it­self tells two dif­fer­ent types of sto­ries. It tells the story of how each com­mu­nity came to erect their mon­u­ments and, on the other end, we high­light the lives and achieve­ments of the men that are listed on them,” said Mayville.

“… You get used to men be­ing hit and for­get all about the dan­ger. Then again, I don’t know why it is, but ev­ery­one thinks he will be the lucky one to es­cape. War is not, what I thought it would be at all…” wrote Ma­jor Ed­ward nor­swor­thy in a let­ter home to his fa­ther dated April 9, 1915, that is in­cluded in the book.

There are 29 large memo­ri­als and ceno­taphs through­out Ox­ford County that can be viewed through an in­ter­ac­tive on­line map. There, the de­tails of when the memo­rial was built, along with the names of those it hon­ours, are listed. The ear­li­est memo­ri­als in Ox­ford County were erected in Ox­ford Cen­tre and new Durham in 1919. The most re­cent ceno­taph is lo­cated in Ot­ter­ville, un­veiled in 1932.

While a num­ber of women did serve in the First World War, none of their names are men­tioned on any of the memo­ri­als.

This pub­lic is in­vited to the Ox­ford County Ar­chives on nov. 8 at 2 p.m. for the of­fi­cial launch of the book and to view the new First World War ex­hibit that will fea­ture records, pho­tographs and ar­ti­facts.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the county’s memo­ri­als and ceno­taphs, how to pur­chase the book, and to view the in­ter­ac­tive map visit Ox­fordCounty.ca/Ar­chives/ Honour­ingOx­ford.

IF YOU GO

what: Hon­our­ing ox­ford: the ceno­taphs and memo­ri­als of the Great war book launch, open house and First world war ex­hibit

when: Nov. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

where: ox­ford county ar­chives, 82 light Street, wood­stock

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