Gananoque at War

Designed by Anne Parker - Webmaster - 2008
You can purchase Gananoque Remembers and Voices from the Past: Canadian Letters from the First World War at the Legion bar for $25 each or by contacting the

Royal Canadian Legion Br 92

55 King St. East,

Gananoque, Ontario K7G 1E8

Attn: Bill Beswetherick


Gananoque is a small town on the St Lawrence River in the heart of the 1000 Islands. Its population in both world wars was less than 5,000 people. Over 1000 men and women from the town and area enlisted in the two world war. Among the local war dead were four sets of brothers, a soldier who enlisted at age 14 and who was killed at age 15, Private Harry Brown who posthumously was awarded the Victoria Cross, and Lieutenant Colonel Russel Britton after whom the Gananoque Legion is named.  


Gananoque Remembers is a 174 page book in an 8 ½ by 11 inch format that contains detailed biographies and photographs on the 84 men listed on the Gananoque war memorial. The book, originally published in 2005, was updated to add a biography on Corporal Randy Payne who was killed in Afghanistan in 2006. 


Voices from the Past; Canadian Letters from the First World War is a 296 page book in an 8 ½ by 11 inch format that contains well over 100 letters written by men and women from the Gananoque area and about 150 letters written by other Canadians. The book describes their participation in major battles of the First World War as well as tactics and strategy, medicine, stress, and courage.


Cpl. Randy Payne, Military Police, killed in Afghanistan 22 April 2006.

His biography can be read in the book above Gananoque Remembers.