Peachland Legion

Remembrance Day is approaching and we all know it’s going to look different this year. But Peachland Legion president Jean Saul says a project they’re working on with the local Rotary will serve as a public reminder of our town’s sacrifice during war.

For months, they’ve been researching and working on 21 white crosses, each commemorating a Peachland soldier lost during the

The Nov. 4 ceremony at Peachland’s cenotaph.

First and Second World Wars. And on Nov. 4, a small group including Legion President Jean Saul gathered at the Field of Crosses they created for a short, but meaningful service.

“We had to do a fair bit of research,” says Saul of researching the names and ages on each cross.

“Some of them we could not find a date of death, some of them we couldn’t find an age…but it will recognize all 21 people whose names are inscribed on the cenotaph, and they were all Peachlanders.”

Peachland, as you may know, has the sad distinction of losing the most men per capita of any Canadian town during the First World War. During the ceremony, Saul reminded those gathered they were young

people with their whole lives ahead when they died.

“Take a look at their names. Their ages,” she said.

Here they are:

The Legion and the Rotary’s Field of Crosses project is set up at Peachland’s cenotaph.

Sgt. Harold Birkett

Pte. Frank Chapman

Corporal William Dryden

Pte. Ernest McKay

Pte. John Morrison

Pte. Charles Needham

Pte. George Neeham

Pte. Norman Pope

Lance Cpl. Alex Seaton

Pte. Archie Seaton

Pte. Emmett Shaw

Pte. Charles Sutherland

Pte. Arthur Theobald

Pte. Herbert Vivian

Private Royal Edwin Bartee

Warrant Officer 2 Raymond Hathaway Wilson

Flying Officer Frederick Henry Mills

Flying Officer George Robert Pringle

Lieutenant Jackson

Pte. Robert Laidlaw

Pte. Harry Urquhart

 

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The Legion’s last two bottle drives have been huge successes! A whopping 41,988 bottles, cans and refundable containers were dropped off at the IGA July 11. That means the Legion raised $4,101.58. And their Sept 12 bottle drive raised almost $3,900. That money goes towards helping other groups in the community. Dozens of hard-working volunteers put in long hours for those donations! The Legion wants to thank all Peachlanders for their support.

 

 

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About the Legion:

The Legion (4407 2St.) has a full-service restaurant that’s open with all COVID-related protocols in place. Join them for burger night and fish & chips!

We will never forget, and the Peachland Legion Branch #69 plays an essential role in ensuring our town knows and appreciates the sacrifice of all veterans. They do a lot more than hand out poppies and provide veterans’ support – in addition to their important role during Remembrance Day, the Legion contributes to many local groups. Most recently, they made a donation towards the repair of the historic mural across from Heritage Park, which was damaged by vandals.

Earlier this year, the Legion commemorated the 75th anniversary of Canadian Troops liberating Holland, which happened on May 2, 1945 – an occasion especially poignant as we lose more of our veterans from those years.

Legion President: Jean Saul

Branch phone number: (250) 767-9100

Email: rcl69@shaw.ca

Facebook page

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See Nov 6 story More info on Remembrance Day in Peachland 

See Oct 13 story Only 50 allowed at this year’s indoor Remembrance Day ceremony

See May 4 story Tulips and troubling times: How is the Legion doing?

Written by Kristen Friesen

March 6, 2020

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