Rockwood Cenotaph's final fallen soldier to have street named in honour

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All twenty-four Guelph/Eramosa veterans who died during the First and Second World Wars and whose names are engraved on the Rockwood Cenotaph will soon have a street named in their honour

At Monday’s meeting, Guelph/Eramosa councillors approved the use of the last unassigned name on the cenotaph, Donald Fraser Titt, for a private street in a new 50-townhouse development set for north Rockwood. The roadway will be called Donald Fraser Lane PVT.

“(We’ve) done a great job getting all those names up there,” Mayor Chris White said. “Very proud to have done that, and now we’ll be looking for a new way to name streets.”

Sergeant Donald Fraser Titt was born in Detroit, but grew up in Rockwood and attended high school at Guelph Collegiate, a township report explains. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force at the age of 18 in 1943. Upon completion of basic training he received his air gunner badge and was posted to England.

Fraser Titt never flew an operational mission. In October of 1944, during a night navigation training flight in bad weather, his Halifax bomber crashed and burned on impact. All eight crew members were killed. Fraser Titt was 19.

Coun. Corey Woods, chair of the township’s heritage committee, explained the young soldiers’ family still live in the area. They have since changed their last name and through discussions with the developer, the township agreed to go with ‘Donald Fraser” as opposed to the sergeant’s full name, said Woods.

As for how long Guelph/Eramosa has been working on designating a street in honour of each veteran on the cenotaph, Woods said at a minimum, the effort predates his 11 years on council.

The township also has a list of pioneer families to be used for future streets. Woods said the heritage committee is in the process of broadening that inventory's criteria to include important historical figures from the community as well.

Alison Sandstrom, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com

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