This is the online edition of "Book of Remembrance", a two-volume memorial to the London area's War Dead. Book One is the loving record of the "Memorial Cross Mothers" who lost sons in the Second World War 1939 - 1945. Book Two is an expanded compilation by the Vimy Branch 145, Royal Canadian Legion.
Book of Remembrance - World War Two
The two volumes of the Book of Remembrance of the City of London, Ontario, Canada include the names - and in some instances the photographs - of those in London and the London area who died as a result of active service during World War Two (1939 to 1945).
The first volume was compiled in the spring of 1949 by a group of mothers, referred to as the Memorial Cross Mothers, London, Ontario, who had lost sons during World War Two. On May 27, 1950 there was a private showing of the Book of Remembrance to the families of the 513 men who died during the war and the dedication of the Book of Remembrance was held at the Public Library on September 27, 1950.
The second volume of the Book of Remembrance was compiled in 1998 by Vimy Branch 145, Royal Canadian Legion in order to provide more information and add the names of those omitted in the first volume. This volume was presented to the City of London on Remembrance Day, November 11, 1999.
Each book is uniquely displayed in a hand-carved lectern with a glass top. Every day the books are opened to a different page by a member of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires.
The Book of Remembrance, Volumes 1 and 2 are located in the lobby of London City Hall at 300 Dufferin Avenue. City Hall is on the northeast corner of Dufferin Avenue and Wellington Street, across from the Cenotaph in Victoria Park, and is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The two brochures Honouring London's War Dead were researched and compiled by C. M. Howell. As well, the images used on these pages were provided by C. M. Howell.
Book of Remembrance - Volume 1
Book of Remembrance - Volume 2
The names of the servicemen are listed alphabetically in this volume, rather than by service.