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Local heroes remembered at memorial unveiling


A Memorial was unveiled Thanksgiving weekend at Webbers Point commemorating the men of Webbers and Lawn who, 71 years ago, were instrumental in rescuing 186 sailors from the ill-fated American supply vessel Pollux and the USS Truxtun.

Lawn ‘Local Heroes’ storyboard

The ships had gone aground at Lawn Point and Chambers Cove during a vicious winter storm in February 1942.

The memorial, privately funded by cabin owners and landowners of the resettled community of Webbers, consists of three storyboards – the first recognizing two youths from Webbers, Adolph Jarvis and Kenneth Roul, who on that fateful morning first spotted the stricken ship Pollux and raised the alarm leading to the rescue effort at Lawn Point.

The second is a memorial to the eight members of the rescue party at Lawn Point – Joseph Manning, James Manning, Andrew Edwards, Martin Edwards, James Drake, Robert Jarvis, Alfred Grant and Thomas Connors; and brothers David and Sylvester Edwards also of Lawn, who played a major role in the rescue effort at Chambers Cove where a sister ship the USS Truxtun had gone ashore.

The third is a firsthand account of the events of that night as recorded in Ocean Magazine and published in 1988 by Henry Strauss, one of the survivors of the Pollux, who at 98 years of age resides in California and who has maintained contact with his rescuers through the years.

The rescuers, now deceased, were represented at the ceremony by family members – Adolph Jarvis, by son Joe Jarvis; Kenneth Roul, by brother Clyde Roul; Joseph Manning, by granddaughter Lori Strang; Thomas Connors, by son Jerry Connors; James Manning, by granddaughter Gail Manning, Robert Jarvis, by nephew Mario Jarvis; Sylvester Edwards, by son Mike Edwards; James Drake, by niece Marilyn Drake; Andrew Edwards, by daughter Marie Strang who also represented her uncle Martin Edwards; Alfred Grant, by son John Grant and David Edwards, by great-great-grandson Darcy Edwards, a member of RCSCC Truxtun of Lawn who cut the ribbon to unveil the story boards.

Newly elected Lawn Mayor John Strang, members of RCSCC Truxtun and the Royal Canadian Legion branch 58 of Lawn were present. Messages of thanks and appreciation, from Henry Strauss and his daughter Terry Strauss, were read at the celebration chaired by Darryl Rogers, coordinator and driving force behind the project since its inception in the summer of 2013.

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