There are 100 events in Oxford for 100th anniversary of Great War

Oxford County has organized 100 events to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I. It’s a monumental endeavor in so many ways.

Organizers are also hoping the public can add to the county’s new website, called Oxford Remembers, with photos, letters or stories.

Here’s the site.

You should also take a look at the great story Sean Irvine did on four brothers from Ingersoll who served their country. Two of the four died in battle and the other two were injured.

There is an event tonight at the Ingersoll cemetery to honour them.

Here’s Sean’s story:


4 thoughts on “There are 100 events in Oxford for 100th anniversary of Great War

  1. Good for Oxford County.
    TV reports go so fast, one struggled to catch the spelling of their surname. And a reference to an American WW2 “rescue”movie was no help. Several families beside Mr. and Mrs.(Mary) James C. Norsworthy, had multiple sons enlisting and war deaths of course.
    But these two identity files at our VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL of Canada project (hosted Vets Affairs) have good, although differing’ Images posted by the public – note these were not
    youths, but mature men.

    – VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL of Canada (tax-supported)
    “Displaying 2 results for your search term(s): norsworthy “

    Norsworthy A J Alfred James March 29, 1917
    Norsworthy E C Edward Cuthbert April 22, 1915

    Kathy – could you tell Sean Irvine about this family and
    military history research depository and search resource,
    and he could remind his viewers.

  2. Browsing one name, Edward, we find details on a Masonic
    website – St. Paul’s 374. It debunks the myth that all our war graves were immediately in manicured parks, cared for by
    ….Captain Drummond was killed, and at the same moment Major Norsworthy fell to the ground, receiving a wound in the neck; as he staggered to his knees, two of his men ran to his assistance and wanted to help him back to a dressing station; he ordered them back to their place in the line, saying, ‘No man should retire that could hold a gun.’ He merely tied his handkerchief about the wound and continued to cheer his men to stick fast, walking up and down the roadway indifferent to his own danger – finally he fell mortally wounded and died on the roadside.”
    His father, J. C. Norsworthy received a letter written on 10th February 1922 from the Adjutant-General, Canadian Militia in Ottawa:
    During the exhumation work in Flanders a grave has been found containing the remains of a Major of the Royal Highlanders of Canada. The location of the grave was about one mile South East of Langemark. From information available it is thought that the remains are those of Major Norsworthy and the body has been re-buried in Tyne Cot British Cemetery, Plot 59, Row “B”, Grave 24.
    The removal and re-burial were carried out with every measure of care and reverence, special arrangements having been made for an appropriate religious service, and enclosed herewith is a report which contains all the available information relative to the new grave.
    The temporary wooden memorial at present erected will at some future date be replaced by a permanent stone monument, and enclosed herewith for your information is literature in this connection”.

  3. Life wasn’t easy for James Norsworthy – Obit search gives —
    Mary Jane NORSWORTHY, age 38 years, died 27 February 1891 at Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario. Born around 1853 in Ontario, married, wife of J. C. NORSWORTHY (Death reg.)
    Buried Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location [2]
    ◦Buried beside her husband at Ingersoll Rural Cemetery. Section C; row AA, stone 7.
    Notes ◦Mary Jane was the daughter of Alexander CUTHBERT and Jane DENNIS.
    C. HOPKINS wrote, ” Mary Jane CUTHBERT was the daughter of Alexander CUTHBERT, whose homestead was located near the town of Ingersoll. Mr. CUTHBERT had originally come from Scotland in 1834 and had, since then, become one of the largest land-owners in Oxford – a county famous in Canada for the prosperity and well-being of its farms, for a large and important cheese industry and for its comfortable country homes.
    Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. NORSWORTHY, four sons and one daughter. The mother in this family circle was a handsome woman, very fond of her home and a natural center of its homelife, devoted to husband and children, intellectually capable and with sound judgment, exceptionally well-read and of sincere Christian belief and practice, quiet in disposition and averse to social publicity.” [4, 5, 6] ◦(Medical):
    “After nursing her little daughter of seven through a malignant attack of diphtheria, Mrs. NORSWORTHY caught the disease and died on February 27, 1891 leaving five children, the youngest being barely a year old. “

  4. Aha – a chance once again to remind the city of Woodstock
    it has a serious historical goof on its website !
    “History Home/Visiting Woodstock/About Woodstock/Local History…Learn about: The early beginnings of Woodstock Our growth Becoming a city ..
    ” Sir John Graves Simcoe became Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada ..”.

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