LETTER: Why wasn’t young Margaret remembered on Sept. 10?

News Sep 17, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Sadly Sept. 10 has come and gone with no mention of the 75th anniversary of Canada’s entry into the Second World War.

Canada’s Declaration of War against Germany was prompted by the Sept. 3, 1939 sinking of the SS Athenia by a German U-boat.

A 10-year-old Hamilton girl Margaret Janet Hayworth, 209 Province St. South, was among the 112 souls to die.

I was seven years old and a student at A.M. Cunningham school and she may have been a student there also. I hazily remember a memorial service which was probably in her honour.

Below is an excerpt from an article archived at the Hamilton Public Library. To read the whole interesting story how Hamilton was affected by this event, an Internet search under her name and titled “Your Child, Your Home, Your Loved Ones” will give details.

Citizens of Hamilton, Ontario became leaders in a vast array of activities during World War II, among them fundraising – a staggering half billion dollars collected – as well as in weapons production, recruitment, training and many other endeavours.

On 3 September 1939, the fate of a young child jolted the city into the war … Her funeral was attended by 1,200 mourners, the three-mile route to the cemetery lined with grief-stricken citizens,who stood silently in the rain, trying to come to terms with what the presiding minister called a “blasphemous fratricide.” Hamilton, once again, was at war.

Chick Evans

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Why wasn’t young Margaret remembered on Sept. 10?

News Sep 17, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Sadly Sept. 10 has come and gone with no mention of the 75th anniversary of Canada’s entry into the Second World War.

Canada’s Declaration of War against Germany was prompted by the Sept. 3, 1939 sinking of the SS Athenia by a German U-boat.

A 10-year-old Hamilton girl Margaret Janet Hayworth, 209 Province St. South, was among the 112 souls to die.

I was seven years old and a student at A.M. Cunningham school and she may have been a student there also. I hazily remember a memorial service which was probably in her honour.

Below is an excerpt from an article archived at the Hamilton Public Library. To read the whole interesting story how Hamilton was affected by this event, an Internet search under her name and titled “Your Child, Your Home, Your Loved Ones” will give details.

Citizens of Hamilton, Ontario became leaders in a vast array of activities during World War II, among them fundraising – a staggering half billion dollars collected – as well as in weapons production, recruitment, training and many other endeavours.

On 3 September 1939, the fate of a young child jolted the city into the war … Her funeral was attended by 1,200 mourners, the three-mile route to the cemetery lined with grief-stricken citizens,who stood silently in the rain, trying to come to terms with what the presiding minister called a “blasphemous fratricide.” Hamilton, once again, was at war.

Chick Evans

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Why wasn’t young Margaret remembered on Sept. 10?

News Sep 17, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Sadly Sept. 10 has come and gone with no mention of the 75th anniversary of Canada’s entry into the Second World War.

Canada’s Declaration of War against Germany was prompted by the Sept. 3, 1939 sinking of the SS Athenia by a German U-boat.

A 10-year-old Hamilton girl Margaret Janet Hayworth, 209 Province St. South, was among the 112 souls to die.

I was seven years old and a student at A.M. Cunningham school and she may have been a student there also. I hazily remember a memorial service which was probably in her honour.

Below is an excerpt from an article archived at the Hamilton Public Library. To read the whole interesting story how Hamilton was affected by this event, an Internet search under her name and titled “Your Child, Your Home, Your Loved Ones” will give details.

Citizens of Hamilton, Ontario became leaders in a vast array of activities during World War II, among them fundraising – a staggering half billion dollars collected – as well as in weapons production, recruitment, training and many other endeavours.

On 3 September 1939, the fate of a young child jolted the city into the war … Her funeral was attended by 1,200 mourners, the three-mile route to the cemetery lined with grief-stricken citizens,who stood silently in the rain, trying to come to terms with what the presiding minister called a “blasphemous fratricide.” Hamilton, once again, was at war.

Chick Evans

Hamilton Mountain