Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
It is doubtful if any community of its size in Canada acquitted itself more
nobly in war work than did Shubenacadie, which gave its youth and money without stint
and, at the end of the great conflict, did fitting honour to its 19 gallant dead by erecting
a handsome granite and bronze monument, one of the best in the province.
The call for troops was answered quickly. In all, about 80 young men and
three nurses went overseas.
Every appeal for money for war purposes received enthusiastic
When the great struggle was over and on the evening before the day
set apart as National Peace Day, in July 1919, a great gathering was held at the
exhibition grounds in the main building. With appropriate ceremony sixty heroic
men and three brave nurses were each presented with a handsome gold watch as a slight
token of the community's appreciation. This presentation is believed to have had no
counterpart in all Canada. Following the ceremony, all sat down to a turkey supper,
following which came an enjoyable dance. At sharp midnight, fireworks were set off
and an enormous bonfire was lighted. Shubenacadie believes it was the first place
in Canada to celebrate National Peace Day. It, apparently, stole a march on the rest
of the country.
Later, the movement to erect a monument to the 19 gallant dead was started.
The chairman of the committee having the matter in hand was Watson Smith and the
secretary-treasurer was W.D. Bowers, manager of the Royal Bank. The monument cost about $5,000.
It was unveiled this summer before an immense crowd. The granite base is surmounted by a
life-size Canadian soldier in bronze, carrying a lighted torch. On the brass plate is the
Forest C. Benner
William A. Courtney
William H. Duff
Blanchard V. Gass
James E. Noble
George W. Robinson
R. Arthur Pentz
John A. Smith
James H. Sutherland
Reginald L. Wile
|1939 - 1945
Allen A. Nelson
William R. Robb
A thur MacL. Taylor
The monument stands on the railway side of the main street, near the depot, on land 30 X 50 feet
granted by the C.N.R. for the purpose. It is planned to build a low concrete wall about this land next year and
put up concrete steps from the street.
In the matter of the war memorial, Shubenacadie has set a shining example to many larger
- From local
Shubenacadie paper, dated Thursday, November 16,