Lest We Forget
Memorial Erected to Honour Memory of Pte. Richard Oliver Cowain…a Trent River son
Trent River – Thurs., Nov. 9, 2023 – At the municipality’s most northern cenotaph in Trent River (Hwy 30 immediately south and east of the bridge) there will be a short ceremony at 1 p.m. on Remembrance Day with members from Campbellford Legion Branch 103 and Rev. Bryce Sangster.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Trent River memorial which was erected to honour the memory of Pte Richard Oliver Cowain, a Trent River son, who gave his life for his country at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
About the Memorial
This is a very striking and impressive memorial dedicated to the local men who served and died for their country. Originally dedicated to one soldier in 1923, who died in the Great War, later plaques were added to honour other names of local heroes. It has been restored and rededicated at least twice since its first unveiling. Oddly, the first name on the memorial is changed from Cowain to Cowan in later dedications. Two small plaques at the front of the memorial, on each side of the 1914-1918 gates, give homage to those responsible for the creation of this stunning memorial. The top of the cenotaph is a statue of a carrier pigeon.
LEST WE FORGET