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.
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.
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.