Thomas Moor and Isaac Hughes

Plot H, Lot 27
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

On May 16, 1887 a memorial erected in memory of Privates Thomas Moor and Isaac Thomas Hughes, both of whom died as a result of action at Batôche during the Northwest Rebellion, was unveiled in the presence of 400 members of the late private’s regiment, Toronto’s Tenth Royal Grenadiers. 271 Grenadiers under Lieutenant H. J. Grasett participated in the action. The 18-year-old Moor was killed in action on May 9, 1885 while Hughes, age 20, succumbed on September 1, 1885 to wounds inflicted during an encounter on May 12. On the west side of the monument, in letters now almost completely obliterated by time and acid rain are the words:

THE OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER, AND MEN OF THE ROYAL GRENADIERS, CONGREGATION OF ELM STREET METHODIST CHURCH, THE TEACHERS AND PUPILS OF RYERSON SCHOOL AND A FEW CITIZENS HAVE UNITED IN ERECTING THIS STONE TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE HEREON RECORDED AS HAVING LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY.

The 14-foot-high memorial was designed by Frank Darling, an ex-captain of the Royals. Also killed at the Battle of Batôche was Lieutenant William Fitch (Plot F, Lot 8).

Mike Filey
Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide
Second Edition Revised and Expanded