Monday, July 28, 2014

Soldiers

Carrying on with The Valiants today. Georgina Pope is represented here. She was a nurse, awarded the Royal Red Cross for conspicuous service in the field, first matron in the Medical Corps, and served during the First World War.


Captain John Wallace Thomas was a Newfoundlander in the Merchant Navy during both World Wars. He performed with distinction and bravery, something typical of the men of the Merchant Navy.


Corporal Joseph Kaeble was a soldier of the First World War, fighting along the Western Front as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. His final act, which won him the Victoria Cross, was a repulse of fifty attacking Germans against the remainder of his wounded battalion in 1918.


Major Paul Triquet served during the Second World War, earning the Victoria Cross for leading his men in capturing Casa Berardi during the Italian campaign in 1943.



32 comments:

  1. That's a lovely series of busts even though Georgina looks very stern and forbidding...

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  2. What a wonderful way to remember these heros

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  3. What a great honor for these people.

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  4. Important people. Well worth being remembered!

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  5. I agree with ciel, Georgina looks like she could have stared down the whole crowd.

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  6. Another interesting collection. I've often thought that the medics in the armed forces are so important, yet often fly under the wire. All war is brutal, but I think WW1 was especially bad. It's good to recognize those who went "above and beyond."

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  7. I'm glad a nurse was included amongst the soldiers here.

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  8. @Linda: it's a pleasure to show them.

    @Ciel: she does look quite no-nonsense.

    @Bill: I thought so!

    @Stuart: it is!

    @Halcyon: they certainly are.

    @Revrunner: she could!

    @Lowell: It was horrendous.

    @EG: it was a fitting choice.

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  9. These are great pieces William.

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  10. She looks like one of the Coneheads! Sorry.

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  11. I'm enjoying these! The Merchant Navy had never received the credit they deserve.
    Jane x

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  12. Incredible busts. The facial expressions are great. MB

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  13. A wonderful way to honour these fine brave people!

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  14. Lot's of brave soldiers in this group.

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  15. Do you have any idea how many statues and/or busts Ottawa actually has?

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  16. @Luis: thank you!

    @Birdman: now that you mention it...

    @Jane and Chris: they showed great courage out on the sea.

    @Tex: quite so.

    @MB: they did capture the facial expressions so well when they sculpted these.

    @Grace: it really is.

    @Sharon: a good selection of brave people. The concept was a good one.

    @Norma: a lot, but I'd have no idea!

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  17. I hadn't heard of any of these people!

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  18. I haven't heard of them either, shame on us for not knowing our Canadian heroes.
    Love the statues though!!

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  19. That is quite the collection of public art you have there.

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  20. A great series, keep it coming!

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  21. So nice your soldiers are honored like this!

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  22. Those pioneering women in the military, like Georgina Pope, were amazing.

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  23. @RedPat: I have an interest in the subject, so I had heard of Triquet and Kaeble before, but not Thomas and Pope. I've got one tomorrow that may be familiar to Canadians, depending on how well they know World War One.

    @Jackie: they were a very good idea. They've been up for years.

    @Judy: there is no shortage of that here.

    @VP: I'm concluding it tomorrow, but I'm sure I'll photograph some of these on occasion.

    @Cheryl: it's a very busy area with a lot of pedestrian traffic as well, so it is a good spot.

    @Marleen: indeed!

    @Greensboro: definitely, considering how much danger they were putting themselves in so close to the front.

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  24. Those were some very detailed busts.

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  25. Very appropriate for the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Nice sculptures.

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  26. An outstanding memorial to these very brave people. Like many of your other posts it will send me on a search to learn more. Thanks William!

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  27. Terrific tributes. The Corporal and Sgt. York had something in common. They ignored the odds.

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  28. Love reading this quick history info. Salute to brave people!

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  29. These are beautiful busts and statues - and I wonder how I don't remember seeing them when I was last in Ottawa!

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