World War One Centenary News: Frank Porter Victory Medal Finds Its Way Home to Six Nations

Posted 14/04/16 in NEWS

As the one hundred year anniversary of the onset of World War One approaches in August, the Woodland Cultural Centre is in the midst of gathering research, photos, and items pertaining to the Great War and the communities of Six Nations of the Grand River, Wahta, and Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte: of special note in this search is the most recent accession to the museum collection of the Woodland Cultural Centre.  David Thomson of St. George, Ontario was kind enough to contact the Centre's Museum Director in early April 2014, and alert her to a Victory Medal for sale on eBay.  This particular medal had been awarded to Private Frank Porter (Enlistment # 739260, 114th Battalion, Six Nations).  With quick action, the Woodland Cultural Centre was able to purchase this medal and have it return to the Six Nations community.

Nya:weh/Thank-you to the Lorne and Elsie Hankinson Charitable Trust Foundation for their generous grant enabling the Centre to reclaim some lost history of a Six Nations veteran who served in the Great War.

If community members and collectors have any objects or archives pertaining to Six Nations, Wahta, or Tyendinaga participants in the Great War, we would like to hear from you.  The exhibit 'Veterans, Warriors and Peacekeepers' will launch in August 2014 as a commemoration of our Support Communities involvement in World War One.  Community outreach and participation will enhance the scope of the exhibition and personalize the displays for all who choose to come out and celebrate the continuing tradition of the Ogwehonweh warrior.