Harold Borden

Killed on 16 July 1900
at Witpoort, South Africa


Photographs of
Monument

Canning
Kings County
Nova Scotia

Located in the intersection of Main Street (Highway 221) and North Avenue (Highway 358)

GPS location:   45°09'27"N   64°25'14"W




Nova Scotia: Harold Borden monument, Canning
Planting flowers for the summer season

Photographed on 15 July 2005



Nova Scotia: Harold Borden monument, Canning
Harold Lothrop Borden monument
Canning, Kings County, Nova Scotia

Photographed on 13 September 2002



Nova Scotia: Harold Borden monument, west face
West face

Photographed on 13 September 2002



Nova Scotia: Harold Borden monument, west face
West face

Photographed on 13 September 2002



Nova Scotia: West plaque detail, lower right corner
West plaque detail, lower right corner

The Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co.
Founders   N.Y. — 1903

The Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company was a prominent New York City art foundry.
It operated under the name E. Henry & Bonnard from 1872 to 1881,
and as The Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company from 1882 to 1926.



Nova Scotia: Harold Borden monument, east face
East face

Photographed on 9 October 2002



Harold Borden monument: east plaque
East plaque, Witpoort

Photographed on 19 May 2003



Harold Borden monument: east plaque, upper left corner
East plaque detail, upper left corner

The Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co.
Founders   N.Y.   1903

Photographed 19 May 2003



Harold Borden monument: east plaque, upper right corner
East plaque detail, upper right corner

Hamilton MacCarthy, Sculptor
Photographed 19 May 2003



Harold Borden monument: north plaque
North plaque, Vet River

Photographed on 19 May 2003



Harold Borden monument: north plaque, upper left corner
North plaque detail, upper left corner

The Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co.
Founders   N.Y.   1903

Photographed 19 May 2003



Harold Borden monument: north plaque, upper right corner
North plaque detail, upper right corner

Hamilton MacCarthy, Sculptor
Photographed 19 May 2003



Nova Scotia: Harold Borden monument, unveiling ceremony
Unveiling ceremony, 23 September 1903: close view (above), wide view (below)
Nova Scotia: Harold Borden monument, unveiling ceremony

For this rare photograph, thanks to Mr. Ian T. Curry of Granville Beach,
Annapolis County, whose grandfather, Archabald William Gillis, attended this
unveiling ceremony as a Captain with the 69th Annapolis Regiment, Infantry.

Mr. Gillis lived in Paradise, Annapolis County.  Mr. Curry found this photograph
in his mother's house, after she died in December 2004 at age 91.



Nova Scotia: Harold Borden monument, winter 2004
Winter

Photographed on 20 February 2004



Nova Scotia: Harold Borden monument, winter 2005
Winter

Photographed on 25 January 2005



Harold Borden monument: installing new concrete curb
Busy location – installing new concrete curb along Main Street

Photographed on 27 June 2003





Links to Relevant Websites

Canada's first war a fading memory by David MacGillivray
Capital News Online, 26 March 1999
    http://www.carleton.ca/Capital_News/26031999/n5.htm



A century ago (October 1899):
Canadians Mustered Tiny Army for South Africa as Boers Advanced
by Christy McCormick
SAWVL: South African War Virtual Library (Australia)
    http://www.bowlerhat.com.au/sawvl/essay03.html



From the Jameson Raid to Bloemfontein: Debating the Origins of the Boer War
by Garrett Moritz
SAWVL: South African War Virtual Library (Australia)
    http://www.bowlerhat.com.au/sawvl/essay02.html


Salute Planned for Boer War Hero by Ed Coleman, Kentville Advertiser, 23 June 2000
    http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/ecoleman/editorial/2000/e00jun23.html


Essays and Articles on the South African War (archived in the Wayback Machine)
    http://www.bowlerhat.com.au/sawvl/essays.html


October 1899: Canadians Mustered Tiny Army for South Africa... by Christy McCormick, October 1999
(archived in the Wayback Machine)
    www.bowlerhat.com.au/sawvl/essay03.html


Four articles by Christy McCormick:
(Part 1) September 1899: Canadians Fight Reluctant Liberal Government to Fight in the Boer War
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cdnregiments/message/55

(Part 2) October 1899: Canadians Mustered Tiny Army for South Africa as Boers Advanced
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cdnregiments/message/53

(Part 3) November 1899: Canadian Soldiers at Sea in November as PM Approves New Contingent
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cdnregiments/message/61

(Part 4) December 1899: Canadian Foot Soldiers Sallied Forth as Canada's Cavalry Mustered
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cdnregiments/message/69


Chapter 28, The Halt at Pretoria The Great Boer War, by Arthur Conan Doyle
...The British loss was about sixty, and included two gallant young Canadian officers,
Borden and Birch (sic) [Burch], the former being the only son of the minister of militia...
    http://www.classicbookshelf.com/library/arthur_conan_doyle/the_great_boer_war/28/


Chapter 28, The Halt at Pretoria The Great Boer War, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    http://www.pinetreeweb.com/conan-doyle-chapter-28.htm


Photographs of the departure from Halifax of the Canadian Contingent to the Boer War
from the London Illustrated News, April 1900
    http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/ILN_1899-1900/Canadian_Cont.html


Boer War Heritage Resources, Saint John
    http://www.saintjohn.nbcc.nb.ca/~Heritage/boerwar/index.htm


Introduction to Boer War 1899 - 1902
    http://www.saintjohn.nbcc.nb.ca/~Heritage/boerwar/Intro.htm


Canadian Deaths in the Boer War (archived in the Wayback Machine)
    http://members.shaw.ca/hughlarmstrong/
        boer/boer_deathsa.htm


Officers Died: South Africa 1899 - 1902
    http://redcoat.future.easyspace.com/OfficersB.htm


Letters Home from the Front, Boer War Berwick Register, 1900
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~nslssgs/boer.htm


In Memoriam: Harold Lothrop Borden I would have missed the plaque entirely
if I had not dropped my last quarter... As I stooped to retrieve the errant coin,
I glanced between the machine and a protruding wall and spied the obscured wall plaque.
Barely visible due to long forgotten renovations, this monument to another time and
to other places seemed strangely majestic in its isolation...
  — by Jon Bradley, Canadian Social Studies, volume 37, number 2, Winter 2003
    http://www.quasar.ualberta.ca/css/CSS_35_1/quebec_report_jon_bradley.htm






How Did Canada Get Into the Boer War?

...For decades before 1899, the Dutch settlers of South Africa (known as Boers or Afrikaners) had fought for an independent homeland. The British colonial officials in the Cape Colony and the Natal struggled mightily to subdue the Boers, but had to settle for a policy of mutual forbearance.

All this changed when gold (the oil of the 19th century) was discovered in South Africa in 1886 ... The British put increasing pressure on the Afrikaners until war broke out in October 1899.

As fighting started in South Africa, the British turned to their colonies for aid ... Sir Wilfred Laurier, the popular Liberal prime minister of Canada, faced a dilemma ... His anti-war sentiments echoed those of his French Canadian compatriots, many of whom regarded the war as an unnecessary imperialist adventure and sympathized with the nationalist aspirations of the Afrikaners. In 1900, students in Montreal clashed with police in a violent anti-British riot.

In English Canada, sympathies ran strongly the other way. Such Canadian militarists as Montreal Star publisher Hugh Graham argued that Britain was our largest trading partner and closest ally, therefore deserving of our support. Abandoning Britain in its moment of need would be an act of gross disloyalty, according to the pro-Empire press.

Torn between English and French Canada, surrounded by the din of loud voices for and against the war, Laurier hit upon a master stroke. On October 18, 1899, Laurier announced that "in view of the well-known desire of a great many Canadians who are ready to take service" on behalf of the Empire, he would support the creation of a volunteer force. The Canadian government would equip and transport any volunteers eager to fight the Boers, but once in South Africa, they would be the responsibility of the British government.

Laurier also encouraged private individuals to help defer the costs of the Canadian unit. This request was taken up by Lord Strathcona, the High Commissioner in London, who paid out of his own pocket for a unit of mounted rifles.

In all, more than 7,000 Canadians signed up as volunteers to fight in the Boer War. Fighting under British commanders, they served with great distinction and won praise from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a chronicler of the war. "Smith-Dorrien's Nineteenth Brigade, comprising the Shropshires, the Cornwalls, the Gordons and the Canadians, [was] probably the very finest brigade in the whole army," Doyle wrote...

Jeet Heer in the National Post, 5 April 2003, page A17




Reference:
The Great Boer War, by Arthur Conan Doyle, was published in 1902 by Smith, Elder & Company, London, England, and went through at least sixteen editions. The complete text is available online at numerous sites, some of which are linked below. In the Preface to the First Edition, Doyle wrote: "This book was begun in England and continued on board a steamer [steam ship], but the greater part was written in a hospital tent in the intervals during the epidemic at Bloemfontein..."

The Great Boer War, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    http://www.online-literature.com/doyle/boer_war/


The Great Boer War, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    http://www.scouts.ru/mirrors/pinetreeweb/conan-doyle-chapter-00.htm


The Great Boer War, by Arthur Conan Doyle Project Gutenberg
    http://ibiblio.org/gutenberg/etext02/gboer10.txt

Comment by J. Walker McSpadden, Project Gutenberg's e-text editor:
It may come as a surprise that the creator of Sherlock Holmes wrote a history of the Boer War. The then 40-year-old novelist wanted to see the war first hand as a soldier, but the Victorian army balked at having the popular author wielding a pen in its ranks. The army did accept him as a doctor and Doyle was knighted in 1902 for his work with a field hospital in Bloemfontein. Doyle's vivid description of the battles are probably thanks to the eye-witness accounts he got from his patients. This, the best book on the Boer War I've encountered, is a long out of print lost classic that I stumbled across in a Cape Town second-hand bookstore.

The Great Boer War, by Arthur Conan Doyle Project Gutenberg
    ftp://ftp.mirror.ac.uk/sites/metalab.unc.edu/pub/docs/books/
        gutenberg/etext02/gboer10.txt


The Great Boer War, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    http://www.classicbookshelf.com/library/arthur_conan_doyle/the_great_boer_war/


The Great Boer War, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    http://www.pinetreeweb.com/conan-doyle-chapter-00.htm





Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
    /remem/plaques.html



Sir Robert Laird Borden monument Sir Robert Laird Borden monument Grand Pre
    /kingsco/borden_rl.html


Abraham Gesner monument Chipman Corner
    /kingsco/gesnermem.html


Two Early Churches memorial stone Two Early Churches memorial stone Chipman Corner
    /kingsco/chipcnrm.html


Monument: 1747 Attack at Grand Pre Monument: 1747 Attack at Grand Pre Grand Pre
    /kingsco/attack1747.html


Canning: Ebenezer Bigelow shipyard monument Ebenezer Bigelow shipyard monument Canning
    /kingsco/bigelowyardm.html


Canning war memorial Canning war memorial Canning
    /kingsco/cannmem.html


Acadia U. Memorial Gym Acadia U. Memorial Gym Wolfville
    /kingsco/acadiamemgym.html


Wolfville war memorial Wolfville war memorial Wolfville
    /kingsco/wolfmem.html


North Mountain airplane crash memorial North Mountain airplane crash memorial Brow of Mountain
    /kingsco/browmtn.html


Kentville Legion war memorial Kentville Legion war memorial Kentville
    /kingsco/kentlegion.html


Kentville Park war memorial Kentville Park war memorial Kentville
    /kingsco/kentmem.html


Hants County war memorial Hants County war memorial Windsor
    /hantsco/hantsco2wwmem.html


Brooklyn war memorials Brooklyn war memorials Brooklyn
    /hantsco/brooklynhan.html


Halifax war memorial, Grand Parade Halifax war memorial The Cenotaph, Grand Parade
    /hfxrm/hfxwarmem.html


Welsford-Parker monument Welsford-Parker monument, Crimean War Halifax
    /hfxrm/crimeamon.html


Arthur W.H. Eaton tombstone Arthur W.H. Eaton tombstone Kentville
    /kingsco/eatonawh.html


Marguerite Woodworth tombstone Marguerite Woodworth tombstone Church Street
    /kingsco/woodworth.html


Prescott House, Starrs Point Prescott House Starrs Point
    /kingsco/prescottcr.html


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First uploaded to the WWW:   2002 October 22
New photograph installed:   2003 January 20
Heer text and Doyle links added:   2003 April 06
New photographs installed:   2003 July 31
New photograph installed:   2005 January 30
Unveiling photograph added:   2005 June 07
New photograph installed:   2005 July 15