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Old 26-12-17, 19:41
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Hanno. This could be a place to start a Memorial Plaque Page.
What do you think?
Any information on what DE Co. building this was displayed at? Approximately 4'x3'
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Old 27-12-17, 13:58
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Very impressive casting. Without a doubt there are others like it languishing unappreciated. I happen to have a large cast aluminum bas-relief of a globe showing the two Americas. It came off a building that had been abandoned.

There are on-line corporate records sites. You can see when Dominion Express Company ceased operations. But I have no idea who they were or what they did.
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Old 27-12-17, 14:56
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Hi benamucke

Any chance of a close up of some of the names?

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Old 27-12-17, 15:24
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Hi benamucke

Any chance of a close up of some of the names?

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Yes I can do that. The plaque now resides in our garage. The plan was to mount it to the rear of our house under the deck.
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Old 27-12-17, 15:37
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Very impressive casting. Without a doubt there are others like it languishing unappreciated. I happen to have a large cast aluminum bas-relief of a globe showing the two Americas. It came off a building that had been abandoned.

There are on-line corporate records sites. You can see when Dominion Express Company ceased operations. But I have no idea who they were or what they did.
This Plaque was destined for the scrap yard. It was purchased and stored for 15 years, lost that space and now it sits in the garage. It will be mounted to back of our house?
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Old 27-12-17, 15:39
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Any chance of a close up of some of the names?

regards
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Yes I can do that. Looking for gloves shovel camera hat boots.
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Old 28-12-17, 01:28
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That is an amazing memorial plaque and I heartily applaud that you have taken it into safe care and custody for all these years. There are endless "right things" that can been done with it beyond mounting on a back wall, and it would to great to see it used as a learning/teaching vehicle for students, track down relatives of the fallen, remount in a armoury or rededicated by a unit that has the most persons listed on it. Have Veterans Affairs recognize the plaque of HISTORIC significance and set it in the CWM alongside the huge (and similar) T. Eaton Memorial plaque in the Lebreton Gallery (my favourite suggestion). Anyways I once more thank you for "doing the right thing" in the past by saving it and hope it is given a fitting and respectful place for display into the future.
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Old 28-12-17, 04:19
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Dominion Express seems to have been in the freight/courier business. Founded 1873, independent until 1882 when they were bought by Canadian Pacific Railway. Operated as Canadian Pacific Express from 1926. Later merged with Smith Transport, then converted to Interlink Transport about 1994 and seems to have ceased operation about 1997.
Canadian Pacificís Dominion Express had a building put up on the northwest corner of Simcoe and Wellington streets (Toronto) in 1914. Given that the OP is Toronto based this might be the source building. They also built in Montreal about the same time. Dominion Express probably had buildings in other major Canadian cities as well as offices in many train stations (particularly those served by CP?).
Sources: http://www.dardpi.ca/wiki/index.php?...xpress_Company
http://www.trha.ca/trha/exploring-th...-express-sign/
https://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/492/
http://www.trainweb.org/oldtimetrain...s/history.html
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Old 28-12-17, 05:47
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Might be worth taking a close look around all the edges and back, as there might be foundry markings on it from the company that cast the plaque. If so, they might lead you somewhere regarding the history behind it.

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Old 29-12-17, 11:36
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That is an amazing memorial plaque and I heartily applaud that you have taken it into safe care and custody for all these years. There are endless "right things" that can been done with it beyond mounting on a back wall, and it would to great to see it used as a learning/teaching vehicle for students, track down relatives of the fallen, remount in a armoury or rededicated by a unit that has the most persons listed on it. Have Veterans Affairs recognize the plaque of HISTORIC significance and set it in the CWM alongside the huge (and similar) T. Eaton Memorial plaque in the Lebreton Gallery (my favourite suggestion). Anyways I once more thank you for "doing the right thing" in the past by saving it and hope it is given a fitting and respectful place for display into the future.
James, I've thought of giving it to the ROM but for now I will hang on to it. The Ottawa one is to far for me, although it probably is the best place for this plaque.
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Old 29-12-17, 21:53
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If it is a question of getting the Dominion Express Plaque from your location to Ottawa I would gladly drive down and deliver it to the CWM, the offer is open and unconditional. It is like it (and all other "orphaned" plaques like your plaque) is meant to be on display alongside the T.Eaton Memorial plaque, it just looks right on so many levels.

http://www.warmuseum.ca/collections/artifact/1369276/

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Old 31-12-17, 02:32
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Send an email to Carol Reid at the CWM. You may use my name. She will send you a description and offer form. Like everything in Ottawa, there is a committee that accepts or declines donations. Be as articulate as you can and give their classification people as much research as you can. Not calling them lazy, but doing the leg work will ease the decision.

The current management doesn't accept everything people offer. For instance, she has nearly a hundred of the Feb 1917 Vimy Ridge map sheets. Most were carried by ordinary soldiers, with little to distinguish one sheet from the next. You might have good luck if (as I jest) it was carried in LtCol Smythe-Biteme's left breast pocket next to the picture frame of his sweetheart in Moose Lick, Manitoba. And, his battalion valiantly was the first over the top, the first to their objectives and the last to be relieved, thanks to his impressive leadership ... (cough) (cough)
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Old 01-01-18, 15:41
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Terry I think I will hang on to this WWI plaque for now. I have some plans of what to do.
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Old 01-01-18, 21:03
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Veteran Affairs Canada has a National Inventory of Canadian Military Memorials numbering more than 7500. The database is searchable.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/rememb...dian-memorials

Ben, I didn't find your Dominion Express Company plaque listed. It might be worthwhile to register it there.

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Old 04-01-18, 11:35
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Thanks for the link, will post information there.
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Old 10-01-18, 21:00
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As James had stated...an amazing piece! You often see similar memorial plaques in older churches. About 10 or more years ago, while attending a performance of Christmas Story at the Church of the Holy Trinity (behind the Eaton Center, downtown Toronto), I noticed such a plaque mounted on a wall inside the church...it was very moving. My background is Ukrainian and hence I grew up attending mass at a Ukrainian Catholic Church(s). I had never seen anything like this in a Ukrainian church and thought that it would be great to have something like this in the church that I currently attend. I approached our parish priest about whether our church would be open to the idea of having something made up and mounted to one of the walls....the response was "most certainly". I put pen to paper, came up with a design and had the plaque made. "Act of Remembrance" is cast into the left side of the plaque with a similar message in Ukrainian for "Remembrance Day" cast into the right side of the plaque. It was mounted on a wall near the front entrance where everyone can see it as they enter church. Our parish priest has always performed a special Remembrance Day ceremony at the front of the church but is now performed in front of the memorial plaque. Christ The Good Shepherd Parish, St. Michaels Ukrainian Catholic Church, 182 Sixth Street, Etobicoke (Toronto), Ontario.
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R.J. Mouder (Not MouNder) 3RD Reserve Bn CDN Infantry Alliston ON.

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Ewart Gladstone Berry 18th Bn CDN Inf Guelph ON
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Old 29-01-18, 18:39
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Thomas Cartlidge "E" Coy. 73rd Bn CDN England
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Old 29-01-18, 21:01
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Hanno. This could be a place to start a Memorial Plaque Page.
What do you think?
Hello Ben,

I think it is best located in the WW2 Military History & Equipment subforum, so I moved it to here.

It is a great subject, as many memorial plaques can be found in public places. A quick search for "memorial plaque" on www.tracesofwar.com yeiled more than 2,700 results!

An example in the Netherlands are the memorial plaques at train stations to commemorate the staff who had fallen during WW2 - see http://www.nicospilt.com/index_gedenktekens.htm (in Dutch).

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Old 30-01-18, 00:31
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Hanno that is a great idea.
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Attached are two pictures of the Memorial plaque at the train station in Beverwijk, Noord Holland.
"Dirk J. Koopman" was my fathers uncle......a typical case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. As a reprisal for a number of liquidations by the local resistance, the Germans captured 486 young man. Some people were picked up after door to door searches, others were just picked off the street.

We still don't know what Dirk was doing in Beverwijk (he lived in Haarlem)....he might be looking for work at the Steel factory, but he certainly was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He was captured at the Beverwijk train station, transported with nearly 500 others to Amersfoort by freight car, than to Germany, never to be seen alive again.

We have since found out he spent time in two camps and had to do forced labour in chemical factories. The second one was "Leuna Werke", started by BASF, but owned by IG Farben at the time. The camp was located in Ammendorf, which is where he died in early 1945.
We have managed to find detailed reports of the regular allied bombing raids on the factory, but the date he died, doesn't match any of the bombardments. However the Germans forced the prisoners to clean up rubble and unexploded bombs after each bombing raid.....who knows, he might have died from an unexploded bomb.....or spilled chemicals?

https://razziabeverwijk.nl/persoon/160/dik-koopman

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Old 30-01-18, 10:51
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Sorry guys, it was last late last night and I hadn't spotted I posted the WW2 memorial plaque in a WW1 thread!

Hanno, could you move it to a more appropriate thread?

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