The War Memorial is a concrete and grey marble cenotaph located on the grounds of St. Anthony United Church, at 296 West Street in St. Anthony, NL. The designation includes the cenotaph and that area immediately around it delineated by fencing and paving at the time of designation.
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
The War Memorial has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of St. Anthony due to its historic and aesthetic value. The War Memorial has historic value due to its commemorative elements and function, and because its erection was a notable, cooperative effort of local organizations and individuals. The War Memorial was constructed by local artisans on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 17 and erected on a piece of land provided by the United Church, using labour provided by the International Grenfell Association in 1958-59. The Legion’s first president, Almer Pardy, and other veterans oversaw the construction. The memorial honours thirty-one local residents who died during World War I, World War II and the Korean War, and bears their names on a bronze plaque at the base of the cenotaph. It also bears inscribed images of the British flags and the caribou emblem of the historic Newfoundland Regiment. The War Memorial has aesthetic value because of its prominent placement at the centre of St. Anthony on the grounds of the United Church, and because of its appearance as a distinctive monument. It is comprised of dark grey marble set into white concrete, with a bronze plaque at the base and a cross atop, such that it is readily identifiable as a memorial. Source: Town of St. Anthony Town Council Meeting, Minutes of 2007/11/13
Character Defining Elements
Elements related to the historic and aesthetic values of the memorial: -location; -design (including form with cross on top); -materials (grey marble, white concrete, bronze); -inscribed text and symbols; -and bronze plaque bearing names of war dead.
Plaques on the War Memorial read: “ERECTED BY THE CANADIAN LEGION OF THE B.E.S.L. OF ST. ANTHONY BRANCH No. 17 / IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN CONRADES / THAT THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF FREE PEOPLES SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THIS LAND OF OURS” and “IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR” and lists names.
Location and History
Town of St. Anthony
296 West Street
1958 - 1959
International Grenfell Association on behalf of Royal Canadian Legion