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Virtual Exhibits

We Will Remember Them

History
Since the 1990s the Friends of the Richmond Archives have been compiling information on the soldiers who lost their lives in military service during World War I and World War II. The result of this work led to the publication "We Will Remember Them: The Lives Behind the Richmond Cenotaph" written by Mary Keen and published by the City of Richmond Archives in 1998.

This publication represents two years of research and writing by Archives volunteer Mary Keen. The purpose of the project was to find out who these young men were, so that all of us have the opportunity to get a little closer to understanding the enormity of the sacrifice they and their families made. Theirs was a sacrifice that is as important and relevant today as it was so many years ago.  

The Friends of the Richmond Archives owes a large debt to Mary Keen's insight and dedication. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book - "We Will Remember Them: The Lives Behind the Richmond Cenotaph" - please contact the City of Richmond Archives.

Introduction
This online exhibit details the lives behind the young men that gave their lives in service in World War I, World War II  and the Korean War. This exhibit is divided into two sections: the first section, Lives Behind the Memorial Road Names - Poppy Street Signs, features 56 men that gave their lives during World War I and World War II, are listed on the Richmond Cenotaph, and also have a road named after them; the second section, Lives Behind the Richmond Cenotaph, features 21 men that gave their lives during World War I, World War II, and the Korean War and are listed on the Richmond Cenotaph but do not have a road named after them.

Lives Behind the Memorial Road Names -
Poppy Street Signs

In 2016 the City installed new poppy-adorned street signs to commemorate these local soldiers who lost their lives in military service. The program was initiated by the Friends of the Richmond Archives and matches similar programs in other cities across Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

This section provides information on the lives behind those Richmond residents that lost their lives in World War I and World War II, are inscribed on the Richmond Cenotaph, and have a road named after them. Names are organized alphabetically by last name:

Lives Behind the Richmond Cenotaph
Richmond, like countless other communities across Canada, has a war memorial to honour those who died for our country in time of war.

It is too easy to forget that the young men whose names are inscribed on the Cenotaph were vibrant, energetic people. These young men deserve to be remembered as they were.

This section provides information on the remaining 21 young men inscribed on the Richmond Cenotaph who lost their lives in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. These men do not have a road named after them. However, some of these men came from families that do have a road named after their family. Names are organized alphabetically by last name:

Resources
If you are interested in viewing original military files, Library and Archives Canada is working on digitizing service files from World War I and World War II. You can access those on the Library and Archives Canada's website: