On Thursday April 9th at 2pm the museum welcomes Rev. Canon Scott. The Rev. Canon Major Frederick Scott was a British Imperialist who waxed eloquently in both prose and poetry about the British Empire.
A very orthodox high church Anglican, at the age of 53 Scott dropped everything when war was declared to offer his services to the cause of King and Country. He became padre of the 1st Canadian Corps in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was a respected confidant, friend and spiritual guide to officers and men.
The Museum’s Vimy Lecture is held annually on the anniversary of the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. On that day, Wallacetown native Ellis Sifton single-handedly eliminated a German machine gun emplacement at the cost of his own life. He was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross, one of four presented to Canadians that day. His VC will be on display during the lecture.
Black and white photograph showing Sergeant Ellis Wellwood Sifton, posed at the Sifton family home in Wallacetown, circa 1914. Born in Wallacetown on October 11, 1891, Lance-Sergeant Sifton enlisted in the 18th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on October 23, 1914. He was killed in action in France at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9, 1917, during the First World War and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Included in the Wallacetown Women's Institute Tweedsmuir History, Volume 1. Photo Courtesy of Elgin County Archives, Archives Storage Rm.107; Storage Location: R7 S5 Sh3 B1 F1 144d.
See also Sifton's Virtual War Memorial.
Venue: Elgin County Museum
Address: 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas
Contact Phone: 519-631-1460 ext.159