Remembrance Day banners honouring fallen WWII soldiers are back in downtown Huntsville



In 2017, the Downtown Huntsville BIA initiated a project to honour some of the Huntsville residents who served and died during World War II.

Fifteen banners were hung on Main Street light standards, each bearing the name and photo of a soldier. Three have been added this year for a total of 18.

All of the young men were graduates of Huntsville High School who subsequently went off to war. Their ages when they died ranged from 20 to 22. Their photos were provided by Muskoka Heritage Place.

These are some of the young WWII soldiers remembered with banners hanging along Huntsville’s Main Street

Many of the surnames are familiar ones—they have descendants still living in Huntsville today.

The soldiers depicted on the banners hanging downtown this year are:

Private James Edgar Armishaw
Pilot Officer John Fisher Boyd
Corporal Douglas James Rimmington Carter
Signalman Robert Clark
Flying Officer Thomas Hugh Conlin
Warrant Officer Edward Crosson
Warrant Officer Victor Gilbert Crosson
Private Albert E. Henry
Flying Officer Eric Hutcheson
Pilot Officer Robert Bertram Kerr
Lance Corporal D.H.R.C Earl Knight
Flight Sergeant Louis J. Krapek
Private Jack Frederick McCaffery
Signalman Grenville Onyett
Sergeant Pilot Howard Victor Payne
Trooper Bruce Alexander Reynolds
Lance Corporal Vernon Everett Spiers
Pilot Officer Alan Albert Stephenson

These men and others—21 from WWI and 32 from WWII—are also commemorated on the cenotaph at the Royal Canadian Legion branch 232, the site of an annual vigil and ceremony each Remembrance Day. But seeing their faces drives home that these were sons and brothers, husbands and fathers, each of them dead too soon. The parade that follows Remembrance Day ceremonies will pass beneath them, a poignant reminder that they are not among the veterans who returned home.

Lest we forget.

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  1. Thank you to the Huntsville Doppler for posting this interesting information. My father was Victor Crosson. He died while training in the mountains of Victoria Island on July 13, 1945. I was fortunate enough to visit his crash site back in 1979. He had been only 21 and I had been only a few months old at the time. I have only met a few of my family back in Huntsville. Hopefully one day I will be able to meet more of my relatives. I am not sure who Edward Crosson was, but look forward to hearing any stories. We both are interested in any family stories that the family would like to share.
    Danton and Donna Crosson, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

  2. Terry McCaffery on

    Thank you to the Huntsville BIA for displaying the photos of these young gentlemen who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms that we all too often take for granted! Lest We Forget!

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