Captain Sheridan (Sherry) E. Atkinson (1921 - 2019)
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Sheridan Atkinson's passing. In the image: 27 June 2018, Captain Atkinson acknowledged as a museum volunteer by the Chair of the Board of Directors, John Mombourquette.
Sherry was worn in London, ON, where he volunteered for the army the day after World War II was declared. He was the last surviving member of The Royal Canadian Regiment to have participated in the invasion of Sicily at Pachino on July 10, 1943. Seriously wounded in combat near Nissoria, he dedicated his life to helping other veterans through his work as District Director with Veterans Affairs Canada, and through a lifetime of active involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion as a member of the Ridgetown Branch. He was Past President of the Royal Canadian Regiment Association, a Trustee of the Royal Canadian Regiment Trust Fund, a former Member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, and Past President of the Federal Institute of Management. A very dear friend of our museum, Sherry will be very much missed.
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GIFT SHOP CLOSURE
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The RCR Museum on Virtual Museums Canada Network
"Topography of Grief. Mapping the Great War Dead in London, ON (1914-1921)" is live on Virtual Museums Canada, Community Stories. This exhibition has been developed in partnership by the museum and MA Public History Program at Western University, 2017 Class.
Like many other Canadian cities, London, Ontario, suffered the impact of the trench warfare fought in Europe between 1914 and 1918. This exhibit explores collective memory and individual grief, by mapping homesteads in mourning, along with official commemorative sites throughout the city today. While unveiling some of the artefacts produced to commemorate or acknowledge the sacrifices, our research also brought forward the next-of-kin, who were subject to a more personal experience of loss.
The exhibition is available in bilingual format.
For past events, click here.