Model for the Monument
"I was shocked to discover the claim by Norman
Spencer (above) that the model for the
young boy on the Gladstone Monument was one Sydney Fairley.
I wish to dispute that claim, or at least
suggest there was more than one model, since the payment for the model
agrees with our recollections. Any help you could provide, by way of
documentation, one way or the other, would be helpful.
In my understanding the model was my uncle,
Ian Robertson Wares, born June 29, 1898, who was around 10 years of age
when he posed for the sculptor, James P. Migillvray.
Ian emigrated to Canada with his family in
early 1914, but succeeded in joining the Lord Strathcona's Horse, and died
in October 1918 during the last cavalry charge of the war.
William Thomas, Niagara, Ontario, Canada: October 18,