The Little Angel of Rock Lake

Many of the small towns of rural Ontario had seen many of their young men go off to war and never return. In 1914 the population of such rural areas would have been small- 1200 residents or less. Just a mere few hundred in some farming hamlets. To lose six or so of their youngest men in the raging war in Europe would have been devastating to these small communities.

On of the many endearing community made memorials. A symbol of youth and innocence sacrificed.

On of the many endearing community made memorials. A symbol of youth and innocence sacrificed.

These young soldiers were mostly the sons of farm families and important to the economic well being of the family and the family agricultural business.

 

The angel statue was probably made by a local cemetery monument maker and is typical of cemetary angels. The inscriptions are inlaid by hand with wood and mostly hand painted. It is one of the best preseved monuments of this type.

The angel statue was probably made by a local cemetery monument maker and is typical of cemetary angels. The inscriptions are inlaid by hand with wood and mostly hand painted. It is one of the best preseved monuments of this type.

Many of these small towns and villages could not raise the funds to commission  professional sculptors the likes of  Allward, McCarthy and Hill or even afford a replica  from foundries like the McIntosh Granite Company of Toronto. The result was the creation of local and community built memorials like the Little Angel of Rock Lake Ontario.

Advertisements

About WW1monuments/Canada

Born in Toronto Canada, Richard is a graduate of Fine Arts from York University. He is currently completing a photo book that documents the most significant World War 1 monuments and memorial sites in Canada. The book is to be published in 2014.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s