Remembrance Day Project
Every year, Family and Children’s Services remembers a solider from our community on Remembrance Day who fought and died for Canada. Our current project, Soldier of the Great War, commemorates soldiers who fought in the First World War. Please take a moment to remember these soldiers on November 11th. We encourage you to share this online so that the memory of who they were lives on.
Edward “Nelson” Badour 2015 Project Soldier of the Great War Project Home Town
: Sharbot Lake, Ontario Unit
: 20th Battalion Died of Wounds
: November 17, 1917 Grave
THE FOG OF WAR A Note from the Editor
: In our first version of the video about Edward Nelson Badour we in fact used the wrong picture. A member of the Badour family identified the picture as one of Edward Nelson's nephews, who was also named Nelson and who served in the Second World War. Uncle or Nephew, lets remember both of them on Remembrance Day for what they did for Canada.
He came from a large family in a small town in northern Frontenac County. Edward “Nelson” Badour, known as Nelson to his friends, was in his 30s when the First World War broke out. He was a labourer and likely didn’t know how to write. He joined up in 1916 and served in the 20th Battalion. He didn’t get to the front until Spring of 1917. He had been hospitalized for sickness and then was part of an entrenching battalion working on the trenches. He was drafted into the 20th just before Vimy Ridge and fought there. The Canadian Corps was moved into the infamous Passchendaele front a few months later. Fighting in a sea of mud, Badour was wounded and then captured by the Germans November 10, 1917. Information supplied by the Germans was that he died a week later on November 17th and buried in an unmarked grave. His wife, Norah, received a war medal, scroll and Memorial Cross back home in Sharbot Lake. His extended family, including two nephews, still live in Sharbot Lake today. His name is listed on a plaque in the Soldier’s Memorial Hall in Sharbot Lake. He is also listed in the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, not far from where he was wounded in Passchendaele. It lists Commonwealth soldiers who died during the First World War, but have no known grave. He is also honoured every year on May 4th when the Book of Remembrance is turned to his page in the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. He was a soldier of the Great War.
Badour is remembered by the City of Ypres, Belgium, where his name appears on the Menin Gate, a local memorial to First World War soldiers who have no known grave. The Last Post Association, which puts on a rememgbrance ceremony at the Menin Gate every night has pledged that Badour will never be forgotten.
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Home Town: Kingston, Ontario
Unit: 21st Battalion
Killed in Action: August 27, 1918
Grave: Tilloy British Cemetery in Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines, France
Stanley Cunningham was born in Kingston October 13, 1883. He grew up Earl Street and went to Kingston Collegiate High School. He graduated from Queen’s University and became a civil engineer. When the First World War started in 1914 he was just 31 years old. He stood five feet, seven inches, had brown hair and blue eyes. Cunningham had already served in the Militia – Canada’s reserve forces. He had spent three years with the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment, based at the Kingston Armoury, before the war. Upon enlistment, he was granted the rank of Lieutenant and joined the 21st Battalion headed for France. He trained in England for much of 1915, rising to the rank of Captain. He served in a number of staff positions. On Jan 1, 1918, he was awarded the Military Cross for his service. On the night of August 27, 1918 he was killed instantly when an artillery shell landed near the car he was driving in. The War ended just 75 days later. His medals were sent to his mother. Today, he lies in the Tilloy British Cemetery in Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines, France, a soldier of the Great War.
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