With our trip to Vimy drawing closer, Uxbridge Secondary students are getting more and more excited with each passing day. We were reminded of the First World War and its impact on Uxbridge, during our walking tour through the town, on October 6th. It’s easy to forget that the same streets we walk daily were once marched upon by Lieutenant Colonel Sam Sharpe and the 116th Battalion.
Former curator Allan McGilvery and the current staff at the Uxbridge Historical Centre, a museum, started our tour with an engaging presentation about life in Uxbridge during the wartime era. There was an excellent selection of artifacts available for students to examine after the presentation, including Sam Sharpe’s ceremonial sword! After our visit at the museum we headed towards downtown Uxbridge, as we learned about the values reflected in the life of Sam Sharpe and many others who belonged to the 116th Battalion.
We made our way down to the law offices of Bailey and Sedore.
Mr.Sedore showed students records that date back to the early 1900s, when Sam Sharpe ran the practice.
After our visit, we finished the tour at Trinity United Church. The impressive church was where Sam Sharpe and many other military men came for Sunday service. The walls have small memorial plaques to the men who belonged to the church, and left to fight in Europe during the First World War.
Overall the tour was a great way to learn more about the history of our small town, and it helped remind us of the price that was paid for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.
Special thanks to all those who helped make the tour a success, including Bredin’s Bakery and The Meat Merchant for donating our delicious lunch!
We would also like to invite the community to our upcoming speaker series.
Our Vimy 100 Speaker Series begins with a presentation by, British historian, Andy Robertshaw.
Andy is an author and historian who makes the past come alive for audiences of all ages. He was the lead historical consultant for Spielberg's film adaptation of War Horse. He is a regular consultant and onscreen expert for a host of TV and radio shows, and he has spearheaded numerous archeological investigations along the western front. He is an honorary lecturer at University College, London and regularly consults the British army on historical matters.
In partnership with The Great War Association (Ontario Chapter), please join us, at Uxbridge Secondary School in the library, at 7 p.m., on Monday October 24th, as we welcome Andy Robertshaw.
All are welcome.
The Vimy 100 Speaker Series will continue, on Wednesday November 16th, as we welcome local author and historian Ted Barris, who will share stories and remembrances about the defining battle of Vimy Ridge, as we lead up to the 100th Anniversary commemorations in April.
Third in the Series, we welcome historian Rod Henderson. Rod is the author of the spectacular new book, Fideles et Paratus: A History of the Ontario Regiment, written as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Ontario Regiment.
Thank you for supporting our USS Vimy 100th Anniversary students, and upcoming events. Lest we forget.