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The Oak Bay BC War Memorial
There is a beautiful war memorial in a beautiful location near Cattle Point in Oak Bay BC. There is a standing female figure looking down, her arms embracing the ninety-seven names of Oak Bay's 1939-1945 war dead. The inscription reads: "Roll of Honour" "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." A location at Uplands Park was chosen in a particularly beautiful spot overlooking the ocean. It was unveiled Armistice Day, November 11, 1948 by Lieutenant-Governor Charles Banks. It seems likely that the monument itself was designed by Architect Frank Ifor Moran (1878-1955). James Saull, a former member of the RAF, who made his home in Victoria after the war, was chosen to create the sculpture of a female figure which is the main focal point. Using his wife as the model, Saull created the sculpture in concrete. James Edward Saull was born in London England 21 August 1913 and died in Victoria BC 07 May 2002. He was a student of Emanuel Hahn, one of Canada's preeminent Great War memorial sculptors. Due to weather damage and exposure to ocean air, it had to be rebuilt and repaired in 1980. It wasn't possible to update the list so in 2004, bronze plaques honouring those lost in World War One, Korea, as well as United Nations Peace Keepers and the Canadian Merchant Navy were installed on rocks in front of the memorial. Rememberance Day ceremonies are held there annually and well attended by the community.
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