Monday, September 22, 2008

Jamaica Plain's Soldier's Memorials

Soldier's Monument (Civil War), Centre and South streets.

I've had this project in mind for a while, and over time I've chipped away at finishing it. My intention was to find all the soldier's memorials in Jamaica Plain and document them with photographs. The list is not yet complete, but I figured that I'd post what I had, and add those I've missed as I find them. I've chosen not to go to the American Legion and get a listing of locations. I'd rather find them as I walk the streets, making note of them as they deserve to be recognized. The memorials for individuals sit on the top of street signs, easily overlooked by harried commuters and pedestrians. They were certainly meant to be noticed by those who had them erected - the families and friends of the young men who left Jamaica Plain and never came home. Each had a story to tell, and each left a hole in the lives of their survivors. My father and two uncles left to fight in Europe and the Pacific, and all came home safe and sound. To those who lost loved ones, a sign overlooking a busy intersection could only have been small consolation, but a consolation nonetheless.

I've added in this memorial to firefighter John W. "Jack" Carlson of Engine Co. 28, from the "new" fire station on Centre street.

Walter street burial grounds Revolutionary War Memorial - Arnold Arboretum.

Revolutionary War Memorial - Soldier's Monument, Centre and South Streets.

Tollgate Cemetery - Irish War Veteran's Memorial

World War I World War II Memorial - Arborway and Centre Street

Tollgate Cemetery - Irish American War Veteran's Memorial

World War I Car Barn Memorial - Arborway at old MBTA headquarters.

Hyde Square - Dedicated to all those who gave their lives in the service of their country.

Lieut. Charles M. Toole - Arborway and South Street - under the Casey Overpass.

Grave of Charles M. Toole (honored in the plaque immediately above). Taken at Meuse Argonne battleground and cemetery by Jamaica Plain native G. Lucas.

Cpl. Joseph E. Johnson - Johnson (Green Street) playground. (Click on the picture to expand and read).

Walter Botolinski - Beethoven and Arcadia Streets.

PFC David C. Holden - Brookside Avenue and Montebello Road.

John P. McCartin - Call Street and Carolina Avenue.

Lieut. John T. Carr -Centre Street and Arborway.

Lieut. Edward J. Murray - Centre Street and Arborway.

Cpl Robert Englehart - Centre and Aldworth Streets.

Joseph Kelly - Centre and Forbes Street.

Hicks - Centre and Myrtle Streets.

Sgt. Robert R. Snow - Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue.

Sgt. John Paul Taillon - Centre and Walden Streets.

Felix J. Russo Jr. - Forest Hills Street and Brookley Road.

Robert M. Englehart - Heath and Schiller Streets

William A. Carly - Lamartine Street and Lamartine Place.

PFC. Robert Bachar - Lamartine and Oakdale Streets.

PFC George Kapinsky - Montebello Road and Marmion Street.

John J. O'Brien - South Street and Asticou Road.

Alexander Arredondo - South and St Rose Streets.

Daniel M. Kellett - South and Child Streets.

John J. McBride - South and McBride Streets.

Henry A. Pezella - Pond Street and Jamaicaway.

James McGuire - South and Prince Streets.

Lieut. Michael P. Vaughn - Centre and Hathaway Streets.

Horace Farnham - Elm and Newbern Streets.

Richard E. Cochran - Hyde Park Avenue and Walk Hill Street.

Bernard L. Russo - Centre and Ballard Streets.

Sean O'Connor - Centre and Dunster Streets.

Myron B. Whitcomb - Centre and Eliot Streets.

Matthew O. Gorman - Pond and Prince Streets.

Charles H. Nowell - Pond and Woodland Streets.

Chester Pagel - Walk Hill and Wachusett Streets.

Charles Franklin Briggs - Walk Hill and Wenham Streets.

Charles F. Barry - Washington and Burnett Streets.

William Gorman - Washington Street and Rossmore Road.

William E. Canary Memorial - Centre street and South Huntington avenue. Note the flagpole on the island at the fork in the road.

The base of the William E. Canary memorial - shown above.


  1. Thanks for honoring the memories of our war dead.
    Lt. Dan Kellett was a friend and fellow soldier.

  2. Hi - wondering where one might get info on one of these fallen soldiers?

  3. Kim - the city has to OK the signs, so I'm sure you could call City Hall and get help.