Duncan Cenotaph

As part of our project to document the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park, here is a page about Private Charles Hugh Pearson Lipscomb, who died on 18 April 1917, aged 36, of wounds sustained in action at Vimy Ridge, while serving with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Note that the Duncan Cenotaph lists him as “H. Lipscomb” and the local Cowichan Leader newspaper report of his death (reproduced below) refers to him as “Hugh Lipscomb.”

Here is the local Cowichan Leader newspaper report of the death of Private Charles Hugh Pearson Lipscomb:

“Pte. Hugh Lipscomb

There will be widespread regret at the news of the death from wounds at Vimy Ridge, of Pte. Hugh Lipscomb. Born 36 years ago in England he left Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, some eight years back and came out to farm in the Cowichan district. Later he was in the employ of the Cowichan Creamery, and early in 1914 he went to Parksville to open there a branch of the Cameron Farmers’ Exchange, Hilliard Crossing, in which concern he had become a partner.  He enlisted in July last [1916] and crossed to England with an Island battalion, subsequently going to France to reinforce the Canadian Mounted Rifles. He leaves in Duncan a widow and two children, aged four and one not quite twelve months. Prominent in cricket and football and a sterling sportsman, he had endeared himself to many in Cowichan.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 22 April 1917, from Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)

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