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We Will Remember Them

Today is Remembrance Day and a number of us gathered outside the church at the base of the tower to mark the two minutes of silence from 11 a.m. until 11:02 recalling the signing of the armistice ending World War One.  The large bell of Yorkminster Park and the bell of Christ Church Deer Park both tolled for fifteen minutes calling the community around to mark the silence at the accorded hour. 


A number of people gathered with us or stopped as they were walking up the street when the bells fell silent.  Downtown at the cenotaph outside Old City Hall a great throng was gathered and another similar crowd at the war memorial on the grounds of Sunnybrook Hospital.  A vintage war plane on its way to or from a Remembrance Day Service fly-by pierced the silence as it passed over our tower.  Another passed over Christ Church on the west side of Yonge. 

Of course there were drivers in too much of a hurry to slow down and even one annoyed and annoying pedestrian who almost pushed one of the women on the sidewalk as he complained that we were blocking his way. 

In what seemed like no time at all the bells were pealing to end the silence and everyone moved along to get on with their lives except of course those who had preserved our freedoms and way of life, by laying down their own.  It will be another year before their names are read aloud in church, but a single day will not pass unblessed by their lives and by their deaths. 

The fallen whose names below have been entrusted to our care, come from the two congregations that merged in 1962 to form Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.  I can't begin to imagine how devastating it must have been for those earlier members of our church to lose so many young people in such a short span of time.  When we remember them we are flanked by their parents and their Sunday school teachers and Choir Director's and all who kept them in their prayers and preserved their names in the years that followed the war. 

The words of the Canadian poet John McRae who laid down his own life in 1915 are etched on the hearts of all Canadians.  In the closing verse he had us in mind when he wrote,

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields





Frank Beddow                                              Walter Allison Kirkconnell

John W. Carter                                             Albert W. Lansdell

James Russell Chamberlin                         John Boyd Lewis

Wilfrid Arthur W. Cook                                 William Edward Lloyd

Charles Walter Davis                                   Clarence MacKenzie

Ernest Herbert Davis                                   John Arthur Robert Martin

Allan MacNab Denovan                              Stanley Martin

Cecil Harry Foxlee                                      William James Metivier

John Buchan Freeland                               Frederick L. Miller

Charles George Gibson                              Herbert James Ness

Gordon Stephen Gilbert                              Archibald Webb Palmer

William Robertson Goodall                         Roy Harold Robinson

Geoffrey Heighington                                  Harry Roy Smith

Robert Inman                                               Clarence Everton Thompson

William Norman Jones                                Bernard Freeman Trotter




1939 - 1945


Wallace Gale Arlidge                                   Eric Morgan Finn

William Elliott Brown                                    Peter McCormack

Alexander C. Carrick                                   William R.B. Relyea

E.A. Wesley Dawson                                   Theodore E. Rising

James Fearn                                                 Franklin Neil Zimmerman




1939 - 1945


Andrew H. Gain                                            William K. Johnson

John Gardiner                                              Roy B. Keedwall

W. Dixon Goodrick                                      Stuart G. Storer


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning

We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon



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Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes

Peter Holmes, BA, MDiv, DMin is the Minister of the Congregation at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

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