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Post by Xforce2000 on Mon 29 Oct 2018, 4:28 pm

London's oldest cenotaph dedicated to Afghan war

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Post by Hunter on Fri 02 Nov 2018, 5:01 pm

Ceremony for Clearwater’s new cenotaph

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Post by Alpha on Sun 04 Nov 2018, 6:08 pm

Afghanistan veterans honoured in Regina and Moose Jaw

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Post by Xenophon on Sun 04 Nov 2018, 7:32 pm

Remembrance Ceremony at Port Williams Cenotaph

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Post by Garrison on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 5:01 pm

Officer prepares for sentry duty at Ottawa cenotaph

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Post by Powergunner on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 9:02 pm

Crosses in Kelowna park honour fallen soldiers

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Post by Thunder95 on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 7:43 pm

Council to hear request to add names to cenotaph

Dave Vachon - Published on: February 7, 2019



Neil Burrell and Robyn May stand next to Belleville's First World War monument Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Memorial Park in Belleville, Ont. They're hoping to have the names of three Belleville-born war dead added to the memorial.



A grassroots effort to pay tribute to three of Belleville’s First World War dead will soon be at city hall to ask for council’s support.
Belleville Capt. Neil Burrell and Trenton Cpl. (Ret.) Robyn May will attend the March 11 council meeting to ask permission to add three names to the First World War monument in Memorial Park.
The names of siblings David and Agnes Forneri and of Ellis Reid appear in Canada’s Books of Remembrance and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, both maintained by Veterans Affairs Canada.
But as a result of apparent oversights, Burrell said, the trio’s names aren’t displayed in the Station Street park.
“They’re veterans. They made the supreme sacrifice … We want to honour them in their hometown,” said Burrell.
He’s the former adjutant of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, is a volunteer in its museum and served in Afghanistan. No longer in Canada’s primary reserve, Burrell is now in the cadet instructor cadre and works with Campbellford’s 2777 Northumberland unit of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.
He noted neither Reid nor the Forneris are known to have any ties to the regiment or the units which preceded it.
His fellow researcher, Robyn May, retired in 2002 as a corporal and aviation technician. She spent two years researching nursing sisters and in 2016 self-published a book, Sacrifice of Angels, about them. May said seeing a nursing sister’s name added to the cenotaph is “an emotional issue” for her.
She and Burrell said all they need from council is permission to make the changes.
“The Hasty P museum has committed to paying the cost, so it’s not going to cost the city anything,” Burrell said.
“Honouring our war dead is an important thing for veterans,” he said.
“It’s a responsibility,” May added.
Volunteers of the museum joined last November with members of Hastings County Historical Society and the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County in presenting a small museum display honouring locals who served in the war. Last Nov. 11 marked the 100th anniversary of the war’s end.
Among those to visit was Belleville’s John Geen. He spoke of two Belleville-born siblings who’d died in the conflict but whose names didn’t appear on the city-owned cenotaph.
Geen’s great-uncle was Rev. Canon Richard Sykes Forneri, a past rector of Belleville’s Christ Church on Coleman Street. The reverend lost two children who’d served during the war: Agnes, a military nursing sister, and David, a soldier.
Contrary to federal records, Agnes Forneri died at age 38, May said.
“She lied on her attestation papers to make herself younger,” she said.
While tending to the wounded, Forneri developed stomach ulcers, said May.
“She thought she just had food poisoning. She let it go for more than two weeks.
“She was passing out at her duty station.”
Burrell said Forneri’s death was attributed to the conditions in which she served.
“A lot of people don’t even know women even served in the First World War,” May said, adding her own service motivated her to research the nursing sisters.
If the project succeeds, she and Burrell said, Agnes Forneri will be the only woman whose name appears on the city’s First World War monument.
May said she hopes addition of a woman’s name will spark interest in women who served and also in further research.
According to May’s searches, other local women also served in the war but survived.
Agnes’ brother, Lt. David Forneri, had been killed in France.
Twice wounded, he was out of action when he enrolled in officer training – apparently to give himself time to heal, Burrell said.
But by March 1, 1917, he was back on the battlefield – and once again wounded.
“He’s last seen being carried back by stretcher carriers, but the artillery’s coming down.”
His body is not known to have been recovered.
As May and Burrell set to work in honouring the Forneri siblings, another local resident, Rev. Dr. Allan Miller, relayed information about Flight Sub-Lieut. Ellis Reid, a fighter ace and winner of the Distinguished Service Cross who flew with Britain’s No. 10 Naval Squadron.
Reid, who is also without a known grave, was missing in action and presumed killed, possibly by anti-aircraft fire, over France.
He’s credited with 19 victories and is described in wartime accounts as a highly-skilled and brave aviator.
Burrell said the Forneri and Reid families had left Belleville prior to the war and the original memorial was erected after the war. Their omission from it is believed to be accidental, he said.
The cenotaph proposal calls for one name to added to the bottom of three columns of names on the existing stone. They won’t appear in alphabetical order.
May and Burrell said they seek only to add the names, since no ranks or honours of the other dead appear on the stone.
“They’re equal in death,” said Burrell.
Burrell said the job will cost several hundred dollars and added that’s only about one-thirtieth of the cost of replacing the monument, which could cost at least $26,000. While museum officials have committed to fund the additions, donations are welcome.
Burrell said a full replacement could be eligible for partial funding from Veterans Affairs Canada, but he and May agree such funding is needed more by communities with no memorials or damaged ones.
Their plan, should the additions be approved by council, is to stage a public unveiling ceremony.
They ask veterans – wearing blazers and medals – lend support by attending the March 11 council meeting at 4 p.m., fourth floor, city hall, 169 Front St.
The project has since received help from Skip Simpson, a former commanding officer of the Hasty Ps now working for Bay of Quinte Liberal MP Neil Ellis; Coun. Garnet Thompson; Royal Canadian Legion Branch 99; staff of the mayor’s office; the Belleville Veterans Council; and Trevor Howard of Campbell Monument.
Burrell and May said their research continues.

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