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We Remember

Lest we forget. This space is dedicated to the local individuals who selflessly fought for our freedom and to recognize their contribution not only to our country, but to our local heritage.

The City of Barrie values its relationship with past and present members of the Canadian Military. We have a long history with our neighbours — Canadian Forces Base Borden — and continue to be a city that many members of the military call home. Remembering those who served our country is an important part of our heritage. We honour their memory in many ways.

Poppies on Street Signs

A poppy — this distinctive red flower is a powerful symbol of remembrance that represents the immeasurable sacrifice soldiers have made for our country. This symbol can be found on the signs of streets that have been named in honour of local war veterans. The poppy is a thoughtful way for their memory to live on in our community and to remind us of the sacrifice others have made for our freedom. Soldiers honoured with a city street name under the Barrie’s Fallen heading are noted with a poppy next to their name.

Military Heritage Park

Military Heritage Park

Located on the south shore of Kempenfelt Bay, Military Heritage Park officially opened on October 27, 2017. The passive parkland development recognizes the Barrie’s military history and ongoing relationships with Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden by creating landforms distinct to each era of overseas and national military commitment. Park features:

  • Entrance Feature Signage & Courtyard
  • Landed Beach Interpretive Outlook over Kempenfelt Bay
  • Raided Knoll & Seating Area 
  • ANAF Monument Courtyard & Seating Area
  • Victoria Cross Monument Courtyard & Seating Area
  • Interpretive Gardens & Trench Walk
  • Flag Pole Display & Marching Green

The Cenotaph

Memorial Square is located at the southeastern end of the Nine Mile Portage and was the site of the Barrie Railroad Station and the Post Office. In 1922, a cenotaph was dedicated to those who had lost their lives in World War I.  Today, the site remains a focal point of the downtown and represents a memorial to all who have lost their lives fighting for our country.

Every year on November 11 our community gathers around the cenotaph for a Remembrance Day Ceremony. Residents, active and retired military members, members of municipal, provincial and national police and emergency services, local business owners, their friends and families, dedicate time to remember the sacrifice of others.

During Meridian Place & Memorial Square renovations, the cenotaph was relocated to a place of prominence within the square, allowing for more people to join in the ceremony.

Barrie’s Fallen

From World War 1 to present day, many local people gave their lives for our freedom. Please take a moment to remember them. Soldiers honoured with a city street name are noted with a poppy next to their name.

If you have more information about Barrie soldier included on this page, or a soldier from Barrie who has given their life for our country but is not included on this page, please contact Craig Froese at cfroese@scdsb.on.ca.

  Full Name War Memorial Rank Occupation Date of death
Armstrong,
Emerson Watson
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Private Clerk Sept. 15
1916
Armstrong,
Tom
WWI Barlin Communal Cemetery,
France
Lieutenant Feb. 18
1918
  Arnold,
Frederick George
South African War Standerton Garden of Remembrance,
South Africa
Private
Honours: Queen's Medal 2 Clasps Transvaal, Natal
Merchant Tailor Aug. 11
1900
Balliston,
Alfred Meeton
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Private Carriage Maker Oct. 5
1916
Barre,
James Gordon
WW2 Liverpool Naval Memorial,
Lancashire,
England
Sub-Lieutenant Dec. 2
1940
Barwick,
Richard Lawrence Cotter
WWI Chichester Cemetery,
Sussex,
England
Second Lieutenant Miner July 5
1918
Beach,
Lawrence Irwin
WW2 Rheinberg War Cemetery,
Germany
Leading Aircraftman Sept. 24
1944
Bell,
Arthur Egbert
WWI Tilloy British Cemetery,
France
Lieutenant Teacher Aug. 26
1918
Berry,
Walter
WWI Wellington Cemetery,
France
Private Teamster Oct. 10
1918
Bishop,
George Green
WWI Quarry Woods Cemetery,
Sains-Les-Marquion,
France
Private Labourer Sept. 27
1918
Boag,
William David
WWI Bouchoir New British Cemetery,
France
Private Student Aug. 9
1918
Brown,
Harold
WWI Regina Trench Cemetery,
France (II D 11)
Private Teamster Nov. 18
1916
Brunton,
Gilbert
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Clerk Nov. 15
1917
Brunton,
Lorne Edwin
WWI Ardanac Military Cemetery Private Hardware Clerk Nov. 18
1916
Buchanan,
William John
WWI Villers-Brettonneux Military Cemetery,
France (III A BB 6)
Segeant Traveler (Sales Representative) Aug. 10
1918
Burke,
James Orr
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Pilot May 24
1944
Carter,
Clifford
WW2 Halifax Memorial,
Nova Scotia
Fireman Nov. 5
1940
Carter,
Wallace Wilfred
WW2 Villanova Canadian Cemetery,
Italy
Gunner Dec. 23
1944
  Cole,
Lewis
WWI Brookwood Military Cemetery,
Surrey,
England
Private Labourer Oct. 22
1918
Coles,
Ernest Charles
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Accountant Apr. 23
1915
  Cook,
Norman Earl
WW2 Berlin War Cemetery,
Germany
Pilot Officer Jan. 21
1944
Corbett,
Dalton Morgan
WW2 Mazorgues War Cemetery,
Bouches du Rhone,
France
Flight Sergeant Lakeview Dairy June 25
1944
Crawford,
Ernest Albert
WWI Villers Station Cemetery,
France
Private Railway worker Aug. 8
1917
Cresswicke,
Thomas Spry
WW2 Barrie Union Cemetery,
Barrie
Major Served in WWI July 15
1943
Cuthbert,
Milton Luther
WWI Villers Station Cemetery,
France
Battery Quartermaster Segeant Wholesale Clerk Aug. 15
1917
D’Ambrossio,
Dominic
WW2 Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery,
Calavados,
France
Corporal Tanner July 25
1944
Delaney,
Ernest Michael
WWI Orchard Dump Cemetery,
France
Private Machinist May 3
1917
Desourdie,
Joseph
WWI Etaples Military Ypres,
France
Private Machinist Aug. 21
1917
Dixon,
Frederick Allan
WW2 Cheshire (Blacon) Cemetery,
Cumberland,
England
Flying Officer June 16
1944
Etherington,
Clement
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Private Tanner July 13
1918
Felt,
Donald Orlo
WW2 Reichswald Forest Cemetery,
Germany
Pilot Officer Student June 26
1942
Ferguson,
Cecil
WWI Bramshot Churchyard,
England
Private Salesman Oct. 13
1918
Findlay,
James Halkett
South African War Vendusiedrift Garden of Remembrance,
Paardeberg,
South Africa
Local Memorial: Plaque, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Private Farmer Feb. 18
1900
Firman,
George Albert
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Flight Sergeant Aug. 5
1942
Fraser,
William Robert
WWI Voormezeele Enclosure,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Brakeman Aug. 28
1916
Fraser,
Walter George
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Private Gas fitter Oct. 9
1916
Geddes,
Jack
WW2 Auger-St. Vincent Communal Cemetery,
Oise,
France
Sergeant Massey-Harris Agent July 19
1944
Gordon,
George Russel
WWI Ecoivres Military Cemetery,
France
Gunner Teacher July 3
1917
Gosney,
Leonard David
WW2 Berlin War Cemetery,
Germany
Pilot Officer Jan. 2
1944
  Grandy,
Frederick Norman
WWI Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery,
Haucourt,
France
Lieutenant Teacher Aug. 28
1918
Grasett,
Hugh McKay
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Lieutenant Student June 13
1916
Haddon,
Eldred Blakely
WW2 Wyton (St. Margaret and all Saints) Churchyard,
Huntingdonshire,
England
Warrant Officer Class II Mar. 18
1943
Hanmer,
Ernest
WWI Hasnon Churchyard,
France
Private
Honours: Distinguished Conduct Medal
Salesman Oct. 28
1918
Hardy,
William George
WW2 Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery,
Calvados,
France
Trooper June 7
1944
  Harrison,
George
WWI Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery,
Belgium (II M 25)
Private Last Maker (boot mold maker) Apr. 23
1915
Harwood,
Charles Edward
WW2 Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery,
Calvados,
France
Lieutenant First Cooperative Packers June 11
1944
Henson,
George Arthur
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Pilot Officer June 13
1944
Herrell,
Clifford Ernest
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Shoemaker Apr. 22
1915
Hewson,
Charles Victor
WWI Porte de Paris Cemetery,
Nord,
France
Second Lieutenant Student July 9
1916
Hook,
William Thomas
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Labourer Nov. 6
1917
Hooper,
Norman Octavius
WW2 Groesbeck Canadian War Cemetery,
Netherlands
Lieutenant Reporter Feb. 28
1945
Horsfield,
Russel Newman
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Private Labourer Sept. 17
1916
Irish,
George Eldrich
WWI Private Farmer Aug. 10
1918
Irwin,
Harvey Roland
WW2 Brookwood Military Cemetery,
Surrey,
England
Flight Sergeant Barrie Examiner Oct. 25
1944
  Johnson,
Arthur John
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Blacksmith helper July 8
1916
Jones,
George Andrew
WW2 Brookwood Military Cemetery,
Surrey,
England
Sergeant July 4
1944
Jourdan,
Albert Caton
WWI Beaucourt British Cemetery,
Somme,
France
Private
Honours: Good Conduct Medal
Student Aug. 8
1918
Kemp,
William Henry
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Salesman May 5
1916
Knicely,
Wilson Ross
WW2 Brookwood Military Cemetery,
Surrey,
England
Private Feb. 1
1944
Laidlaw,
Henry Douglas
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Clerk Apr. 19
1916
Lake,
Arthur Walter
WWI Canadian Cemetery No. 2,
France
Lance Corporal Clerk Apr. 9
1917
  Lawrence,
Frank Deane
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Civil Engineer May 4
1915
Leece,
Robert Andrew Addison
WWI Queant Communal Cemetery British extension,
France
Private Labourer Sept. 28
1918
LeGear,
Frederick Stanley
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Flying Officer Sept. 10
1944
Lindsay,
George Frederick Charlton
WW2 Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery,
Calavados,
France
Private A&P,
General Motors machinist
Aug. 4
1944
Livingstone,
George
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Sergeant Clerk Sept. 5
1916
Longman,
John Miller
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Lieutenant Accountant Oct. 21
1916
Looker,
Thomas
WWI Oxford Botley) Ypres,
England
Gunner Butcher Dec. 3
1917
  Lowe,
Edward Ronald
WW2 Vieux-Berquin Communal Cemetery,
Nord,
France
Flying Officer Accountant June 13
1944
MacAllister,
Gordon Dale
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Wing Commander Feb. 26
1942
McBride,
Josep Bullman
WW2 Cassino War Cemetery,
Italy
Lietenant Poet May 26
1944
McCarthy,
Rae Brydon
WWI Givenchy-en-Goelle Canadian Cemetery,
France
Lieutenant Bank clerk Apr. 9
1917
McCarthy,
William Offley
South African War Dar es Salaam War Cemetery,
Tanzania
Captain Farmer Aug. 26
1916
McCron,
William Granger
WW2 Kiel War Cemetery,
Germany
Flight Sergeant Oct. 1
1942
McCutcheon,
Ernest Borden
WW2 Cassino War Cemetery,
Italy
Flying Officer Barrie Bowling alley July 22
1943
McCutcheon,
Franklin Tees
WW2 Rheinberg War Cemetery,
Germany
Flying Sergeant National Steel Car Nov. 19
1943
McDonald,
Richard
WW2 Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery,
Calavados,
France
Private Clarke and Clarke Co. (Tannery) Aug. 10
1944
  McDonnell,
John
WWI Dover (St. Jame’s) Cemetery,
Kent,
England
Private Student Nov. 10
1918
McDougall,
Dalton Ross Alexander
WW2 Scottow Cemetery,
Norfolk,
England
Flying Officer Jan. 6
1943
McDougall,
Gerrard Daniel
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Flight Sergeant United Cigar Company June 1
1943
McKay,
Kevin Thomas
Afghanistan Ottawa (Beechwood) Memorial,
Ottawa
May 13
2010
  McMillin,
James Parker
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Squadron Leader Roberston Drug Store apprentice June 25
1943
McNabb,
Angus Teasdale
WW2 Cassino War Cemetery,
Italy
Captain Accountant,
Dangerfield Auto
May 15
1944
McVeigh,
David Joseph
WW2 Colombo,
Sri Lanka
Second Radio Officer Jan. 14
1945
Mills,
Harold Abraham
WW2 Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery,
Calavados,
France
Lieutenant Mechanic,
Montgomery's Auto Parts
June 11
1944
Mills,
Murray Allison
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Flying Officer Jan. 2
1945
Milne,
Edwin
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Plumber June 2
1916
Milne,
James Arden
WW2 Knanj War Cemetery,
Singapore
Pilot Officer May 15
1945
  Montferrand,
Ernest Perry
WW2 Adegem Canadian War Cemetery,
Belgium
Guardsman Sept. 17
1944
Moon,
Edward Stanley
WW2 Ottawa Memorial,
Ottawa
Warrant Officer Class II United Cigar Company Feb. 6
1944
Morgan,
John Herbert
WWI Dover (St. Jame’s) Cemetery,
Kent,
England
Acting Bombardier Student Dec. 1
1918
Morgan,
Robert
WWI Vimy Memorial,
Ypres,
France
Private Labourer May 9
1917
Morton,
Edward Basil Gowan
WWI Arras Memorial,
France
Captain Student July 16
1918
Neelands,
Clifford Abraham
WWI Caix British Cemetery,
France
Lieutenant Real Estate Agent Aug. 11
1918
Nugent,
Walter Henry
WWI Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension,
France
Private
Honours: Good Conduct Medal
Butcher Dec. 31
1915
Orok,
Robert John
WW2 Plymouth Naval Memorial,
Devon,
England
Sub-Lieutenant May 22
1941
Paddison,
William Nelson
WWI Ypres Reservoir Cemetery,
Belgium
Private Fireman Oct. 31
1917
Pae,
Peter Richard
WWI Duisans British Cemetery,
France
Lieutenant Bank clerk Oct. 1
1918
Palling,
John Ferguson
WWI St. Paul's Cemetery,
Innisfil
Captain Doctor Jan. 31
1918
  Patterson,
Harold McCash
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Flying Officer First Cooperative Packers July 29
1944
Patton,
John Randolf
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Pilot Officer May 1
1942
  Peck,
Henry Martyn
WWI Bucquoy Road Cemetery,
France
Private Civil Engineer Sept. 28
1918
Penton,
Stanley
WWI Dury Mill British Cemetery,
France
Private Railway Brakeman Sept. 4
1918
  Perry,
Clayton George
WW2 Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery,
Calvados,
France
Trooper June 11
1944
Porritt,
William Howard
WW2 Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery,
Yorkshire,
England
Flying Officer Apr. 16
1945
Pringle,
George
WWI Quarry Wood Ypres,
France
Private Dairyman Sept. 27
1918
Quance,
Albert Thomas
WWI Canada Cemetery (Tilloy-Les-Cambrai),
France
Private Rancher Oct. 1
1918
Reid,
Edward John
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Private Mechanic Aug. 15
1917
Reid,
Marshall William
WWI Menin Gate,
Ypres,
Belgium
Private Salesman Oct. 26
1917
  Reid,
Robert John
WWI Warloy Batton Communal Cemetery,
France (VIII A 27)
Private Carpenter Sept. 20
1916
  Robbins,
Leslie Merrill
Korean War United Nations Cemetery,
(Pusan),
South Korea
Private Nov. 2
1952
  Robinson,
Charles Elvin
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Private Butcher Oct. 1
1916
Roe,
Alexander Richard
WW2 Argenta Gap War Cemetery,
Italy
Private Dec. 8
1944
Rogers,
George Stanley
WWI Barrie Cemetery Lieutenant Student Jan. 24
1915
Rolston,
Brian Herrington Paul
WW2 Caserta War Cemetery,
Italy
Gunner Aug. 18
1944
  Sampson,
Raymond Stewart
WW2 Groesbeck Canadian War Cemetery,
Netherlands
Sergeant Clarke and Clarke Co. (Tannery) Mar. 1
1945
Saunders,
William
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Private Carpenter May 2
1917
  Shaughnessy,
Cyril John
WWI Adanac Military Cemetery,
France (VI E 18)
Lance Corporal Bank clerk Oct. 8
1916
  Shaw,
John Harold
WW2 Calais Canadian War Cemetery,
France
Private Underhill Shoe Factory Sept. 19
1944
Shortreed,
John Thomas
WW2 Cassino War Cemetery,
Italy (V K 21)
Trooper Loblaws May 20
1944
Simmons,
Sydney
WWI Quebec Cemetery,
Cherisy,
France
Private Carpenter Aug. 28
1918
Simpson,
Douglas Stanley
WW2 Brookwood Military Cemetery,
Surrey,
England
Captain Sept. 17
1942
  Smith,
Royal Joseph
WW2 Eureux Communal Cemetery,
Eure,
France
Pilot Officer Camp Borden May 10
1944
  Spearn,
Vernon Arnold
WW2 Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey,
England
Flight Sergeant Feb. 20
1944
  Speers,
Thomas Robert
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Private Real Estate Broker Apr. 9
1917
Stroud,
Ralph David
Korean War United Nations Cemetery,
(Pusan),
South Korea
Private Sept. 16
1951
Taylor,
Corporal Frederick
WWI Vimy Memorial,
Ypres,
France
Lance Student Sept. 15
1916
  Thomas,
Morley George
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Sergeant Labourer Sept. 15
1916
  Thompson,
Chester Wolsey
WWI Caix British Cemetery,
France
Private Mechanic Aug. 9
1918
  Thompson,
William Lloyd George
WW2 Jonkerbus War Cemetery,
Netherlands
Sergeant Mar. 12
1943
Tomlin,
John Henry
WWI Railway Dugouts Burial Ground,
Belgium
Lance Corporal Car repairer June 9
1916
Touchette,
Alfred Williard
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Lance Corporal Stenographer Sept. 26
1916
Vansittart,
George Edward
WWI Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery,
Belgium
Major Engineer May 14
1916
Wallace,
George Edward
WW2 Holten Canadian War Cemetery,
Netherlands
Trooper Apr. 13
1945
Walsh,
Roy
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Private Paper hanger Sept. 17
1916
Ward,
Charles
WWI Mezieres Communal Cemetery,
Somme,
France
Private Farmer Aug. 9
1918
Warner,
John Fernandez
WWI Vimy Memorial,
France
Sergeant Prospector Oct. 8
1916
Weatherup,
Kenneth Owen
WW2 Corino Ridge War Cemetery,
Italy
Private Clarke and Clarke Co. (Tannery) Sept. 8
1944
  Weaymouth,
Ardaugh
WWI Sauchy-Couchy Communal Cemetery Extension,
France
Corporal Molder Sept. 2
1918
  Weaymouth,
Ralph Peaker
WWI Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery,
Haucourt,
France
Private Labourer Aug. 26
1918
Webb,
Dalton
WWI Vimy Memorial,
Ypres,
France
Private Clerk Oct. 8
1916
  Weldon,
James Owrey William
WW2 Santerino Valley War Cemetery,
Italy
Lieutenant Treasurer,
Provincial Paper Co.
Oct. 29
1944
  Wharram,
Nessfield
WWI Canada Cemetery (Tilloy-Les-Cambrai),
France
Private Farmer Sept. 30
1918
White,
Edwin
WWI Thelus Military Cemetery,
France
Private Baker Dec. 25
1917
Willoughby,
Howard Lloyd Clare
WW2 Holten Canadian War Cemetery,
Netherlands
Sergeant May 6
1945
  Worley,
Sylvester
WW2 Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery,
France
Private July 21
1944
  Wiseman,
Clifford Frank
WWI Adanac Military Cemetery,
France
Private Oct. 8
1916
Wynes,
Norman George
WW2 Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery,
Netherlands
Lance Corporal Cooperative Meat Packers Oct. 29
1944

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