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Media Advisory - Second Queen's Remembers plinth recognizes students who aided World War efforts

Thursday, November 9, 2017

KINGSTON – Queen’s University’s Dean of Engineering and Applied Science Kevin Delusio and senior members of the Royal Canadian Engineers, are unveiling the second Queen’s Remembers commemorative plinth to honour the 5th Field Company.

The 5th Field Company was a professional unit of the Royal Canadian Engineers, that began life as a group of enthusiastic yet inexperienced young Engineering students. In the Spring of 1909 Professor Alexander MacPhail (later Lt-Col), from the Queen’s School of Mining Engineering formed a Rifle Association. This unit of Engineers, which comprised Queen’s students and faculty, was granted official recognition in early 1910. They contributed greatly to Canada’s preparations for World War I, and men of the company served bravely in both World Wars. Many paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The plinth will be the second in a series as part of “Queen’s Remembers” – an initiative designed to commemorate those who have made significant and noteworthy contributions to the history of Queen’s University. The first plinth in the series was unveiled in October and dedicated to the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples as the traditional inhabitants of the land on which Queen’s is built.


When/Who
The unveiling ceremony will begin on Remembrance Day – Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Kevin Delusio, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, and Colonel Andrew Bassinger, Director of the Royal Canadian Engineers, will be available immediately after the ceremony for interviews.


Where
The plinth unveiling will take place at the intersection of Union Street and Fifth Field Company Lane. (MAP)

Please RSVP if you plan on attending.
 

Contact:

Dave Rideout
Communications Officer
Cell: 647.824.8908
Office: 613.533.6000 ext. 79648
Email: dave.rideout@queensu.ca

 

 

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