Summerland Museum exhibit provides information on World War I veterans

Stories of local veterans and fallen soldiers will be on display

An expanded exhibit at the Summerland Museum pays tribute to those from Summerland who served during World War I.

The exhibit, Summerland Remembers The Defenders of the Empire, adds to the information first presented near the beginning of the year.

Paul Randall, a guest curator at the museum, said there were around 160 returned soldiers and between 40 and 50 fallen soldiers with a connection to Summerland.

He and his wife Eunice have been working to compile information about the soldiers and nurses from the community.

“We can’t tell the story of the war in general,” he said. “We want to tell the story of the war through the local soldiers and nursing sisters,” he said.

To find the names, the Randalls have gone through old issues of the Summerland Review and other information.

They have now identified all the names of World War I veterans listed on the cenotaph in Memorial Park, along with names of other veterans and fallen soldiers with a Summerland connection.

Some of those who served were people who were working in the community at the time, while others had grown up in Summerland or had family living here.

On Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1 to 2 p.m., the Summerland Museum will present the exhibit.

In addition, the museum will hold a special opening on Sunday, Nov. 11 from noon until 2 p.m., following the Remembrance Day ceremony.

Randall will be present at both museum events.

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