Maitland in Leeds and Grenville Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
Lieut.-Col. Thain Wendell MacDowell, V.C., D.S.O.
Born in Lachute, Québec, MacDowell moved to Maitland in 1897. He attended local schools and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1915. During World War I, he enlisted, on January 9, 1915, in the 38th Battalion, C.E.F. On April 9, 1917, during the battle of Vimy Ridge, assisted by two runners, he captured two machine guns, two officers and seventy-five men. With the vision of the enemy obscured by a turn in a passage in their dug-out, he was able to convince them that he commanded a vastly superior force. His action eliminated a serious obstacle to the gaining of his battalion's objective, and he was awarded the British Empire's highest decoration for valor, the Victoria Cross.
Erected by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Victoria Cross Recipients marker series.
Location. 44° 38.16′ N, 75° 36.729′ W. Marker is in Maitland, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville Counties. Marker is on Provincial Highway 2 west of Church Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Maitland, Ontario K0E 1P0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dorothy Martha Dumbrille (a few steps from this marker); The Founding of Maitland (within shouting distance of this marker); Dumbrille's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); St. James's Masonic Lodge No. 74 (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Pointe Au Baril (about 240 meters away); St. James Church 1826 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); War of 1812 (approx. 2.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Homewood (approx. 2.9 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Maitland.
Also see . . . Wikipedia - Thain Wendell MacDowell. (Submitted on October 27, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, World I •
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