Thursday, March 01, 2018

Claude J. P. Nunney Plaque

The plaque commemorating Claude Nunney stands in front of the Lancaster Royal Canadian Legion Branch 544 on the east side of the T-junction of North Beech Street and County Road 34 in Lancaster, Ontario.


Born in Ireland, Nunney was brought up in Lancaster Township, Glengarry. He enlisted in the 38th Battalion, C.E.F. (Canadian Expeditionary Force) in 1915 and in 1916 was sent to France where he won the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal. On September 1, 1918, his unit was heavily counter-attacked near Vis-en-Artois. On his own initiative Private Nunney went through the German barrage to the forward posts, where, by his fearless example, he encouraged his companions to repulse the enemy. During the Canadian attack on the following day, he was continually in the forefront, and displayed the highest degree of valour. Severely wounded, he died on September 18, and was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Erected by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.

Reference: Claude Joseph Patrick Nunney web site