Oyster Pond War Memorial
The War Memorial at Oyster Pond - Cecil Mitchell
Tangier, Nova Scotia
In 1926, the Monument in Memory of our men who served
World War I was erected at the crossroads of the Main
Highway and East Jeddore Road under the supervision of
Nelson Webber of Oyster Pond.
The Promoters of this Monument Project were Seldon Webber,
Josiah Mitchell, Elijah Mitchell, Reuben Mitchell and Cecil
Mitchell. All members of the Orange Lodge approved of this
Memorial. It was purchased from Alonzo Harpell. Captain
Wallace and Elijah Mitchell were responsible for
transporting it from Halifax to the Oyster Pond Government
Wharf. When the "Iolanthe" docked at the wharf, men came
from all around to help unload it because it was awkward
and very heavy.
Of course, where was it to be placed? Each church
denomination thought it should be erected near its
cemetery. After a friendly discussion, it was decided to
locate it at the crossroads. For many years, it was a
landmark; however, when a new highway was built, it was
moved to its present location, the former site of Fred and
Thomas Stoddard's work shop.
In this picturesque setting, it is a credit to the
Eastern Shore. Remembrance Day is more significant to the
veterans and residents when they gather around this
Memorial and see the names carved there.
Ex-Councillor Ronald Jennex is now responsible for the
maintenance of this statue and the small park that
After World War II, the names of our men killed in
action were written on a Plaque affixed to the
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down
his life for his friends. At the going down of the sun and in
the morning we will remember them.
Lest we forget:
World War I:
||Capt. H.C. Mitchell
||Dr. R.H. Stoddard
||Nelson A. Webber
|Capt. L.A Mitchell
|Guy M. Mitchell
Killed in Action:
Died In Active Service of World War II:
Remembrance Day, November 11.
In many raids and battles, men realize that chances of returning are
very slim. The fears of soldiers are never unfounded. After one officer
had been killed in a daring raid, an operational order paper was found
among his belongings. Across the top of it was written in a firm hand: "I
go forward not knowing the thing which shall befall me, but I know in whom
I believe." The unit commander was so impressed that, on every operation
his men carried out after that, he saw to it that these words were printed
across their orders. They became a comfort and guiding light to the brave
men. May we never forget such courage!
Many Canadians are buried in Flanders Field,
They fought very bravely but would not
White crosses and poppies mark the spot,
Where our men are sleeping, our Freedom they sought.