Headstone Unveiling, Victoria BC

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Last Post Fund volunteers, working within the Unmarked Graves Program (UMG), seek out the graves of Veterans that have been left unmarked and perform the research necessary to establish recognition of their military service with the installation of a military marker. Recently, Kyle Scott of the Alberta Branch of the LPF discovered three unmarked Veterans’ graves in Ross Bay Cemetery, Fairfield, Victoria, BC. Thirteen other markers were placed on Veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery this past summer, thanks to the Program.

An unveiling ceremony organized by former National President of the Last Post Fund Major-General E.S. Fitch (Retired) was held at 2 pm on 11 November 2020 in recognition of the long-overdue marking of the graves of J.M. Simpson, Paris (and Mary Elizabeth) Carter, and James Normansell. At each site, a brief biography was read aloud by Major-General (Retired) Fitch, followed by the unveiling of the headstone, the laying of a wreath and the bugler’s playing of the “Last Post”.

No longer forgotten:

Lieutenant John Marsh Simpson, 77th Foot East Middlesex Regiment, (1835-1900)

Sergeant/Captain Paris Carter, Victoria Pioneer Rifle Corps, (1820-1890) and his wife Mary Carter

Corporal James Normansell, Royal Engineers (1828-1884)