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Original Home of Major F.A. Tilston V.C. Armoury

 
 
Original Home of Major F.A. Tilston V.C. Armoury Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., May 4, 2011
1. Original Home of Major F.A. Tilston V.C. Armoury Marker
Inscription. This armoury was named after Major Fred Tilston, a true military hero of this community. Maj. Tilston, a member of the Essex Scottish, was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery, for his exploits at the Battle of Hochwald Forest in 1945.

Replacing wooden barracks that earlier stood in what is now City Hall Square, this building was constructed in 1901 from plans drawn up by David Ewart, architect for the federal Department of Public Works. it is typical of a large number of armouries built during this era for Canada's militia. In 1901, the militia unit that occupied this building was the 21st Regiment Essex Fusiliers, who became the Essex Scottish and eventually the Essex and Kent Scottish. The Essex Regiment (Tank), later known as the Windsor Regiment, was formed in 1936 from officers and men of the Essex Scottish. 21 Service Battalion moved into this facility in 1997.

The armoury's main entrance at first faced a parade ground fronting on Ouellette Avenue, which was later filled by commercial development, causing the armoury's original University Avenue exit to thereafter serve as the main entrance. An addition enlarged the building on the south side in 1935. In 1999 the City of Windsor designated this structure as a heritage building both for its architectural quality and importance to the community
Original Home of Major F.A. Tilston V.C. Armoury image. Click for full size.
By R. C., May 4, 2011
2. Original Home of Major F.A. Tilston V.C. Armoury
Marker is at the far end of the building.
for over 100 years.
 
Location. 42° 19.064′ N, 83° 2.287′ W. Marker is in Windsor, Ontario, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of University Avenue East and Freedom Way, on the right when traveling east on University Avenue East. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 University Avenue East, Windsor, Ontario N9A 1E4, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Underground Railroad in Canada (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Great Western Railway (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray, PC., C.C., Q.C. (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Francois Baby House (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); French Settlement on the South Shore (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Battle of Windsor - 1838 (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Detroit River (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Gateway to Freedom (approx. 1.1 kilometers away in the U.S.). Click for a list of all markers in Windsor.
 
Also see . . .  Frederick Albert Tilston. Wikipedia (Submitted on May 11, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Original Home of Major F.A. Tilston V.C. Armoury image. Click for full size.
By R. C., May 4, 2011
3. Original Home of Major F.A. Tilston V.C. Armoury
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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