Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
Polish Soldier’s Burial Plot
1917 – 1919
History: As a result of the movement to regain the independence of Poland and policy differences with the United States, 22,174 volunteers of Polish descent crossed the Niagara River from Youngstown, NY to this community and joined 221 Polish Canadians for military training from 1917 to 1919. The Polish Falcons of America, Polish Patriots and Pianist Ignacy Paderwski and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson all figured prominently during these events. The Polish Volunteers were trained by Canadian officers under the command of Lt. Col. A.D. Lepan and outfitted & financed by France. As a result, they wore French uniforms and hence were called the “Blue Army.”
In Europe, the Volunteers were assigned to the Fourth French Army in Battalion & Regimental Groups and participated on the Western Front in the Champagne Sector of France in 1918. In October 1918, the
At this burial plot rest 25 soldiers of 41 who were stricken with and died from influenza while in training. We also honour the memory of Elizabeth Asher, a non-Pole and resident of this community who risked her own safety in caring for many of the sick soldiers.
Dedication of this plaque and restoration of burial site for the year 2000 by Polish American and Polish Canadian Veteran Associations, Canadian Polish Congress, Niagara Region Polish American Congress, Western New York Division
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson series list.
Location. 43° 15.293′ N, 79° 4.073′ W. Marker is in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is on Byron Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 41 Byron Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON L0S 1J0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mark’s Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Upper Canada Gazette, or American Oracle (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1835First Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada (about 180 meters away); The First Provincial Parliament 1792 (about 180 meters away); John Graves Simcoe (about 180 meters away); Bicentennial of First Parliament (about 180 meters away); Butler's Rangers (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.