Today, 2 May, is the anniversary of the 1885 Battle of Cut Knife Hill. Fatalities included volunteers William B Osgood(e) and John Rogers from the Ottawa Company of Sharpshooters.
Ottawa’s Cartier Square Drill Hall is the site of a statue in their honour, funded by public subscription. The bas-relief portrait of Osgood(e) is on one side of the monument.
“To honour and remember the sacrifices of the more than 118,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who, since Confederation, have given their lives serving in uniform.” Those are the words used to describe the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and Books of Remembrance. With the exception of NWMP the 1885 North-West Canada fatalities are missing, the only soldiers not memorialized in this way. That’s something Canada’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs acknowledges is deliberate.
While we speak and write about them they will be remembered.