Every day we walk by the WWI and WWII bronze memorial plaques in the school lobby. Every year we read their names at our Remembrance Day ceremony but up until recently we did not really know who they were as students here or what happened to them in the war. Eight years ago, our former principal Michael Cristofaro asked me if I could do something with the pictures of our Westmount High School men that are stored in the school’s archives and who sadly, died in WWII.
As the oldest public high school in Quebec (1873), Westmount High School’s rich history is an important part of the heritage of the cities of Westmount and Montreal as well as the Province of Quebec. Westmount students fought in both World War I and World War II. Some perished in the wars, making the ultimate sacrifice for Canada and our community. They are honoured and memorialized by the school on our war memorial plaques located in the foyer of the building.
Students from Ms. Chantal Clabrough’s secondary IV history classes researched the 141 former Westmount High School students who gave their lives in WWII. This project began in 2014 and was completed in 2022. Through archival research in collaboration with the City of Westmount archival department and with the primary sources in the school including yearbooks and service photographs along with online research, students created digital profiles memorializing the lives and contributions of our fallen WHS students.
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