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Lieutenant-Colonel Thain Wendell MacDowell, V.C., D.S.O., 1890-1960

Lieutenant-Colonel Thain Wendell MacDowell, V.C., D.S.O., 1890-1960

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Lieutenant-Colonel Thain Wendell MacDowell, V.C., D.S.O., 1890-1960

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Lieutenant-Colonel Thain Wendell MacDowell, V.C., D.S.O., 1890-1960

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Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Township of Augusta
In Maitland, on the northwest corner of
King Street (Road 2) and Church Street

Coordinates: N 44 38.163 W 75 36.732


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Plaque Text

Born at Lachute, Quebec, 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 valour, the Victoria Cross.

Other plaques that mention World War I
William Avery Bishop, V.C., 1894-1956
General Sir Arthur William Currie 1875-1933
Lance Corporal Fred Fisher, V.C. 1894-1915
Honourable Mitchell F. Hepburn, 1896-1953
Sir Sam Hughes 1853-1921
Alexander Young Jackson 1882-1974
Andrew Edward McKeever, 1895-1919
Robert Tait McKenzie (1867-1938)
Sir Sam Steele


Victoria Cross

Other Plaques in Maitland
St. James Church 1826
The Founding of Maitland
Pointe au Baril

Augusta Plaques

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> Posted October 8, 2009
Lovely memorial. one day I will visit it.

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