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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE VETERAN’S GRAVES AT GROVESIDE CEMETERY

In the summer of 1930 Branch 112 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Whitby purchased a Section at Groveside Cemetery in Brooklin for burial of World War 1 veterans.

Groveside Cemetery is located at the east side of Highway 12 (Baldwin Street) between Whitby and Brooklin.

In April 1953 a second section was purchased adjacent to the north of Section No. 1. In 1980 a third Section was acquired to the south of Section No. 1. Between Sections No. 1 and 3 are public graves. The Legion burial sections are adjacent Highway 12 between the two driveways into the Cemetery.

At the end of 2005, Sections No. 1 and 2 received 113 casket burials and 4 cremation burials, for a total of 117 internments.

Internments now include veterans from Word War 2, and may include veterans of other military conflicts in which Canada has been or will be engaged in. Section No. 3 has no internments as of the end of 2005.

In 1960 a Memorial Stone was purchased through the Branch and dedicated by Branch Chaplain Rev. D. Marshall and Branch President Vernon MacCarl.

A 25’-0” (7.6 m) tall flag pole was installed in October 1997.

Uniformly designed markers are placed in five (5) rows running north-south. The rows are numbered ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ and ‘E’. Row ‘A’ being the closest to the west edge of the cemetery (adjacent Highway 12). Individual graves are numbered 1 to up to 28 in every row, i.e. A1, A2, B1, etc. Numbering is from south to north (left to right when standing on the cemetery driveway looking west at the headstones).

To locate a veteran’s grave, refer to the list with all names on this web site. Find the name and note the letter and number after the name, which indicates the row and plot number. All graves are indicated on the cemetery plot plan drawing (in pdf format for viewing).

Digital photos of all headstones are also included on this web page.

Disclaimer: Please note that the plot plan layout drawing was prepared by the Legion Cemetery Committee and does not necessarily follow Groveside Cemetery standards. The plot plan drawing was prepared only as a reference for grave locations and Legion record keeping.

For more information please contact:

Bernard J. Bucking

Chair, Cemetery Committee

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 112

117 Byron Street South

Whitby, Ontario, CANADA

L1N 4P5

Tel. 905-668-0330

Fax 905-668-0746

 

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