Kingsmill recognized on Saturday

Earlier I posted some information about the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy and Guelph’s unique connection with the early days of the Canadian Navy.  The first Admiral of the Canadian Navy, Sir Charles Edmund Kingsmill was raised in Guelph.

On Saturday, a memorial plaque was unveiled recognizing the anniversary of the Canadian Navy and Kingsmill at the home of MP Frank Valeriote.  MP Valeriote lives in Kingsmill’s childhood home.  The commemoration was the initiative of John Newstead and David Birtwistle.

The event was well done and complete with the Legion’s Colour Party, a piper and bugler.  Captain Barber from the Canadian Navy also travelled from Ottawa to speak at the celebration.

One of the more special parts of the afternoon was the attendance of Kingsmill’s grandaughter who addressed the crowd.

At the end of the celebration we even got to “Splice the Mainbrace”.

L to R: RCL Branch 234 Member Bill Gowan, Guelph Naval Veterans Association President Harvey Hall, Mayor Karen Farbridge and P1 ERA (RET) John C. Newstead CD. (Photo credit - Joanne Ware)

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