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Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: Fall Banner News 2023

This fall will mark the 7th year that Banners will be hung on the main streets of both Port Elgin and Southampton honouring those...

Lives Behind the Commemorative Banners – John Rowan Geddes: November 3, 1917

John Rowand Geddes was born in Port Elgin to Alexander and Elizabeth Geddes. The family farmed on Lot 11 at the corner of Bruce...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: Fall Banner News 2022

This fall, 2022, will mark the 6th year that Commemorative Banners will be hung on the main streets of both Port Elgin and Southampton...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: November, 2020

Angus Munroe Mcleod was born in Southampton on October 8, 1910. His father Angus was one of the MacLeod(s) that arrived in Canada from...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: Southampton-Saugeen First Nation-November 2020

      WWI There were few soldiers that served for Canada in both WWI and WWII. One that did just that was Mathew Solomon Mandawoub of Saugeen...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners – November, 2020

As we draw closer to Remembrance Day, Wednesday November 11th, we are continuing to take a look at the Lives behind the Commemorative Banners...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners – an update

In yesterday's Part 13 of 'Lives behind the Commemorative Banners', we highlighted Charles Morris Gilbert, but the story barely scratched the surface of this...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: Part 14 – Port Elgin

John Rowand Geddes was born in 1894 and got his first education at then Gowanlock school and then at Port Elgin High School. ...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: Part 13 – Port Elgin

Not much is known about Charles Morris Gilbert but he was born in 1898 in Port Elgin, the eldest son of Charles and Maggie...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: Part 12 – Southampton-Saugeen First Nation

First Nations' men played an integral role in Canada's war efforts both in WWI and WWII. In WWI, three young brothers, Arthur, Ernest and Maurice...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: Part 11 – Port Elgin

John Amer Howe's story is remarkable in that he enlisted in both WWI and WWII and was the highest-ranking soldier from the area to...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: Part 10 – Southampton

Separated by only three years, the two young Tranter cousins went off to war ... the Great War, WWI. Neither returned https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP8mUHoZkAM&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rdSVrzj7E0&feature=youtu.be Researched by G. William Streeter Lest...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: Part 9 – Saugeen Township

In January of 1918, Herbert Leeder, reported to the Western Ontario Regiment Armoury in London to enlist in the 4th Canadian Army Reserve Battalion of the...

Lives behind the Commemorative Banners: Part 8 – Port Elgin

In this year, the 75th anniversary of WWII, we remember those young men who volunteered to go to war with what were probably high...