Canadian Corner in Orpington

Today I set out to visit gardens, but as I walked towards Priory Gardens in Orpington I passed the cemetery of All Saints Church and noticed a War Cemetery.

Canadian Corner, All Saints Cemetery, Orpington

Canadian Corner, All Saints Cemetery, Orpington

Canadian Corner, All Saints Cemetery, Orpington Canadian Corner, All Saints Cemetery, Orpington

Orpington Hospital opened in 1916 as the Ontario Military Hospital to care for soldiers injured in the Great War. Canada sent 560,000 men and women to the war and many, apparently, came from Ontario, hence the name. The hospital was one of the best at the time; 30,000 patients were treated but there are ‘only’ 129 graves from WWI, the majority of which are Canadian.

Ontario Military Hospital (www.newshopper.co.uk)

Ontario Military Hospital (www.newshopper.co.uk)

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