Saturday, October 15, 2011
Mount Pleasant Cemetery - William Barker Monument
There are many other notable people buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery including former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, pianist Glenn Gould, doctors Banting and Best, Alexander Muir who wrote "The Maple Leaf Forever". There are historic tours of the cemetery that take you around to the famous sites. We took one a while back that was led by historian Mike Filey. Unfortunately he spent alot of the walk trying to market his latest book.
In September 2011, William Barker, one of Canada's most famous war heroes was finally given a prominent monument marking his resting place. Barker was the most decorated Canadian war hero, who won the Victoria Cross in WWI for single-handedly attacking 60 German aircraft and shooting down 5. The monument which sits in front of the mausoleum where he is buried consists of a bronzed replica of the propeller of a 1918 Sopwith Snipe, the type of plane Barker flew. Inside the mausoleum where Barker is iterred in his wife's family crypt, another plaque marks his resting spot. Inside the crypt is proudly displayed the Canadian flag and a black and white photo of Barker with his plane. It was heartwarming to see our national hero finally get the permanent public tribute that he deserves.