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Our Local Veterans

The Town of LaSalle is proud to highlight stories from our local veterans.

Due to COVID-19 and the provincial gathering restrictions, the Town of LaSalle will not host a public Remembrance Day Ceremony in 2020.  The Town recognizes the importance of honouring our Veterans and their sacrifices and is planning a small ceremony with invited guests only.   There will be a live presentation of the ceremony on the Town of LaSalle Youtube page at 11:00 am on November 11.  The recorded ceremony will remain available on Youtube for viewing at any time.

This webpage is dedicated to showcasing the history of our local service veterans. If you know of a local veteran from LaSalle, or the former Township of Sandwich-West, and would like to highlight their story of service to Canada and their connection to LaSalle, please contact us

World War II

The Second World War was a global conflict that lasted from 1939 to 1945. Canada's Army, Air Force and Navy played key roles in the war effort, including repelling the Luftwaffe air raids and engaging in battles at Dieppe and Normandy.

Frances Parr

 Frances ParrFrances Parr 100

Frances Parr graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. After graduation, she enlisted in the Naval Forces of Canada in 1943 and was stationed at HMCS Shelburne (Base) in Nova Scotia. Frances served in the Women's Royal Naval Service (known as Wrens) and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. After the war, Frances was honourably discharged in December of 1945. 

Frances met her husband, John Parr, while in the WRNS and built their family home in the Township of Sandwich West. Their four children were raised in the family home by John and Frances. Today, Frances still resides in the Town of LaSalle and just celebrated her 100th birthday.

Ralph Munholland, M.D. (Ret.)

Ralph MunhollandRalph in Uniform

Ralph Munholland enlisted into the Canadian Army in August 1942 as a recruit. Within a few months, Ralph achieved and succeeded the ranks of Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant before being sent to Officer's School in Victoria. Ralph achieved the rank of First Lieutenant and was sent to Garrison Petawawa, which is still an active Canadian military base. At Petawawa, Ralph joined a tank squadron before being transferred to the National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa as a Staff Officer. 

Ralph met his wife in 1946 and married in 1947, after which he attended McGill with a surgical and medical degree in 1952. Ralph and his wife raised four sons and one daughter. Ralph opened an office in what was then the Township of Sandwich West, until the area was annexed by the City of Windsor. Ralph continued practicing until 1985 when an injury lead him to retirement. Today, Ralph still lives in the Town of LaSalle.

Martin Victor Bondy

Martin V. BondyMartin Bondy on HMCS Matane

Martin was born in the Township of Sandwich West. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in March of 1943. He served as an able seaman in the Atlantic Theatre on several ships including the Frigate HMCS Matane (K-444), the Mine Layer HMCS Whitethroat, and the Corvette HMCS Collingwood (K-180). Martin served on the Matane (EG-9) as an anti-aircraft gunner and was involved in the Battle of the Atlantic as well as Operation Overlord (D-Day) in June of 1944 in Normandy. The EG-9 Group was credited with 6 German U-Boat kills, including the destruction of Nazi submarine U-311 in the North Atlantic.

D-Day and Normandy Landings

While patrolling along the English Channel during D-Day and the Normandy Landings, Matane came under German glider bomber attack. The attack left Matane damaged and killed four seaman along with some thirty more injured. Martin lost the hearing in his right ear, partially in the left, and suffered nerve damage to his legs.

HMCS Matane on June 6, 1944

HMCS Matane on June 6, 1944 (D-Day)

Matane with hull damage

HMCS Matane displaying hull damage from attack.

For his service in the war, Martin returned home a war hero and received numerous medals and decorations. After the war, Martin returned to the Township of Sandwich West and married his wife, Mabel. Martin and Mabel had six children and were married for over sixty years. Martin continued his involvement in the Navy Veteran's Club and was also a supporter of the LaSalle Minor Hockey Association. Martin volunteered in his community with numerous organizations including Windsor Goodfellows and the Royal Canadian Legion LaSalle branch. Martin passed away in 2008 but Martin's family has continued his legacy by donating a memorial in his honour to the Town of LaSalle. This memorial is installed at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex for all to see.

Memorial to Martin at Vollmer

Enos L. Howson

Enos HowsonEnos Howson

Enos Howson was enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942. Enos served as a Chef at Canadian Air Force bases Centralia, Trenton and St. Jean. Enos was honourably discharged from service in 1945 at the conclusion of the war and returned to his native Essex County where he and his wife started their family.

In the early 1950s, Enos and his wife, Ruby, moved into a rural farm property on Malden Road in the heart of the Township of Sandwich West. Enos and Ruby raised their five children in the Township. As a farmer and family man, Enos and his wife grew vegetables and other crops on their farm to donate to those that needed it. During the summertime, Enos was employed by the Township of Sandwich West to maintain vacant lots and keep the Township looking clean. Today, Enos and Ruby's property is still in the family where one of their son still resides on Malden Road. Enos passed away at the age of 70, but is survived by ample grandchildren and great-grandchildren who reside in the Town of LaSalle today.

William L. Hazael

Russ HazaelWill Hazael

William Hazael was born in 1927 to Edwin and Mary Hazael in Kingsville. At a young age, the Hazael family relocated to the former Township of Sandwich West. William attended grade school in LaSalle and went to Sandwich Collegiate Institute from 1941 until 1943, when he left prematurely to serve in the Canadian Forces. William's father, Edwin, also served in the Canadian Army during the First World War

In April of 1943, William joined the Merchant Marines and served with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserves (RCNVR). From there, William was assigned to a ship in Nova Scotia, but was sent to Halifax too late to board it. He was then reassigned to HMCS Laurier. The ship that William missed was subsequently sunk in the Atlantic. William continued to serve in the Navy until his honourable discharge in 1945. 

After the war, he returned back home to the Township of Sandwich West and met his future wife, Marguerite. The two married in 1949 and settled their family home on Disputed Road. Marguerite and William raised three children together. William's pride for his country and love of his community followed him his entire life. William was one of the first volunteers to join the newly formed Sandwich West Fire Department. He served as a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. William passed in 2009, but his family continues to live in the Town of LaSalle today.

Royal (Roy) Hazael

Royal Hazael

Military service runs in the Hazael family. William's eldest brother, Royal, also served during the war. Royal as a Pilot Officer and was a tail gunner assigned to the RCAF 431 squadron. He served in a Lancaster bomber and then in a Halifax bomber. In April 1944, while out on a night patrol in his Halifax bomber, Royal's plane and its crew were fired upon by enemy flak. The plane was shot down over Belgium. Royal was one of four casualties from the incident and one of 45,000 Canadian service member casualties during the Second World War. He is buried in the Town of Wilrijk, Belgium. Although Royal could not return home, his memory lived on and his service shall never be forgotten.

For more information on Royal's mission and sacrifice, visit his Veterans Affairs memorial page.

Memorial stone of Royal Hazael