The North Lanark Historical Society will be hosting a presentation by Brian Tackaberry at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton on Sunday, November 13, starting at 2 PM to discuss the publication of his new book Forgotten Heroes: Mississippi Mills Valour Award Recipients of the Great War. The book is published by the North Lanark Historical Society with financial support from the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
We often know of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war, but the lives of those who survived has largely been forgotten as time passed and their generation died out. A total of thirty-two individuals from the area make up the “Forgotten Heroes” of Mississippi Mills who received military valour awards for their deeds.
As an example, Major J. M. Bell was in charge of recruiting and commanding a full platoon of area men, but also did secret service work for the British Government in Russia in 1917 and 1918, earning him his awards. Another local man, Philip Earnshaw, won three valour awards and became a Brigadier General in World War II, where he received additional honours.Three women with local connections, Mary Bliss, Ethel Holmes, and Flora Wylie, were awarded the Royal Red Cross medal for their brave work. The story of these brave men and women can now be known by all; they are no longer “Forgotten Heroes”.
Admission is by donation and refreshments will be provided. Forgotten Heroes is available for pre-order for $35. For more information, contact the museum by phone at 613-257-8503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
647 River Road, Appleton.