The Gravesite

Celtic Cross

This Celtic Cross was erected in 1991 on the 200th anniversary of the Old Holy Trinity Church.

 

British Commonwealth War Graves at Old Holy Trinity Church

The Commonwealth War Graves Memorial at Old Holy Trinity Church in Middleton. On Remembrance Day, wreaths are placed here following the regular indoor service held elsewhere in town.

This burial site of the British Commonwealth Airmen honours those who lost their lives while serving during World War II at RAF Station Greenwood in the nearby Village of Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

Commonwealth service personnel who served at Greenwood were from the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand. Most of these men were combat veterans and survivors from the Battle of Britain. During World War II, there were 28 airplane crashes out of Greenwood (including two mid air collisions) resulting in 70 deaths. Of the 70 that died, 27 are buried at this British Commonwealth War Graves site in Middleton.

In 1943, the Rosemary Chapter of the I.O.D.E. Of Middleton, decided they would honour all these service men. Every year since, a “Decoration of War Graves” ceremony is conducted at this grave site. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #1 of Middleton and CFB Greenwood now organize this service. The Greenwood Pipes & Drums followed by the Legion Colour Party lead a marching contingent of Veterans, serving members from CFB Greenwood, and Air Cadets. A single rose is placed on each grave followed by a Wreath Laying Memorial Service.

The Parade arrives for the Memorial Service.

The Parade arrives for the Memorial Service.

Depositing the Memorial Roses.

Depositing the Memorial Roses.

The Memorial Service in Progress. Laying of Wreaths followed.

The Memorial Service in progress.
Laying of the Wreaths followed.

With the Memorial Service completed, the Parade prepares to march off.

With the Memorial Service completed,
the Parade prepares to march off.

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The Memorial Honour Guard patiently awaits dismissal.

A WW II Veteran beside the Memorial following the Service.

A WW II Veteran beside the Memorial following the Service.

News Paper Article & Video – 13 June 2013

Mark Smith Memorial

Mark Smith a former member of World War II 429 Bomber Squadron, Bison, had this monument laid in honour of his comrades.


Mark Smith a former member of World War II 429 Bomber Squadron, Bison, had this monument laid in honour of his comrades.

RCAF Memorial Wall erected under the sponsorship of Mark Smith. This is the east side.


RCAF Buffalo Squadron Memorial Wall erected under the sponsorship of Mark Smith.
This is the east side.

RCAF Buffalo Squadron Memorial Wall erected under the sponsorship of Mark Smith. West side.


RCAF Buffalo Squadron Memorial Wall erected under the sponsorship of Mark Smith.
West side.

The gravestone of Mark Smith who sponsored the erection of the Memorial Wall pictured above.


The gravestone of Mark Smith who sponsored the erection of the Memorial Wall pictured above.

Notable Graves

Map of Graves Locations at Old Holy Trinity Church

 A map of graves at Old Holy Trinity Church found posted on a wall inside the church. This map was graciously provided by NSCC COGS in Lawrencetown, and was a project awarded to student Kyle Josey under the supervision of Ada Cheung.


A map of graves at Old Holy Trinity Church found posted on a wall inside the church. This map was graciously provided by NSCC COGS in Lawrencetown, and was a project awarded to student Kyle Josey under the supervision of Ada Cheung.

Links:

List of OHTC Graves up to 1969

Brigader-General Timothy Ruggles, Esq.

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