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Rideau Township Historical Society Presents: The Ties that Bind; North Gower, Marlborough and the First World War


  • Rideau Archives Branch 6581 Fourth Line Road North Gower, ON, K0A 2T0 Canada (map)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War – the Great War to its participants.

Over the past few years the Rideau Archives Branch, City of Ottawa Archives, and the Rideau Township Historical Society have attempted to identify and document our lost soldiers and airmen from the First World War.  Now we have developed an exhibition to highlight their sacrifice, and the service of the soldiers who did come home.

The exhibition will open at Rideau Archives Branch, 6581 Fourth Line Road in North Gower during Doors Open Ottawa, Saturday and Sunday, 2-3 June 2018.

We have identified 45 soldiers, airmen, and one nursing sister associated with old North Gower and Marlborough Townships who were killed or died on service.  Not all enlisted here, but all had an association with the area.

This exhibition brings together archival documents, photographs and letters, combined with original objects from the First World War to highlight both military and civilian service during these traumatic years.

 Private Cecil Meadows a Home Boy living in North Gower Township who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914.  He died at the battle of Passchendaele in 1917, but his body was never found.

Private Cecil Meadows a Home Boy living in North Gower Township who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914.  He died at the battle of Passchendaele in 1917, but his body was never found.