Toronto's Historical Plaques
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Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted April 2017
On the south side of St. Clair Avenue West, just west of Landsdowne Avenue, across from the entrance to Prospect Cemetery, can be found this 2015 Heritage Toronto plaque. Here's what it tells us:
During the First World War, roughly 2,500 people from the mostly working-class British neighbourhood of Earlscourt enlisted in military service, more per capita than from any other district in Canada. Over 320 were killed, and many more were wounded. Despite widespread unemployment and food shortages on the home front, residents of Earlscourt supported the war effort by contributing to organizations such as the Earlscourt Trench Comforts League, the Independent Women Workers Association of Earlscourt, and the British Imperial Association. The Prince of Wales (future King Edward VIII) joined hundreds of residents in August 1919 to honour the war dead and to commemorate Earlscourt's sacrifices by planting a silver maple tree at a ceremony in Prospect Cemetery.
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