Tuesday, November 4, 2014

grave post - Moor/Hughes

in memory of
Thomas Moor Jr 
killed in action at Batoche NWT May 9th 1885
Isaac Hughes 
died at Battleford NWT September 1st 
from injuries received in action at Batoche May 12th 1885

Private Moor was only 18 years old and Private Hughes was 20 when they died. They were part of the Tenth Royal Grenadiers who fought at the Northwest Rebellion.


I didn't actually notice the inscription on the base - this was taken during the tree walk and I didn't want to get too distracted, but the carving just needed a photo. After I uploaded it, I found the names. According to Mike Filey's Guide to Mount Pleasant Cemetery, there is also an almost obliterated inscription on the west side that reads:

The Officers, non-commisioned Officers and men of the Royal Grenadiers, congregation of Elm Street Methodist Church, the teachers and pupils of Ryerson School and a few citizens have united in erecting this stone to the memory of those whose names are hereon recorded as having lost their lives in the service of their country.

Batoche was a settlement on the South Saskatchewan River that was the headquarters of Metis leader Louis Riel. The siege lasted three days before Riel surrendered in defeat and Moor and Hughes were two of the eight Canadian soldiers killed (there were 16 Metis deaths)

8 comments:

  1. I sometimes do the same thing, when I upload a photo, I see more in it than I originally noticed.

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    1. I love digital photography!! you can glean so much more by getting a higher resolution and enlarging.

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  2. Someone left quite a monument for two young men who died away too soon.

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    1. Indeed. There is another memorial for a Grenadier from this Rebellion. I must look it up as well.

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  3. Oh that is beautiful and sad. Hug B

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    1. These two must have been well loved by the fledgling community in Toronto.

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  4. This is a piece of Canadian history. I'm glad it's weathered so well.

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    1. I had forgotten that it was the Grenadiers who fought Riel. I'm wondering why the other government soldier wasn't included on this memorial. He has his own stone that I will have to find.

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