Riverview Memorial Park – Saint John

Riverview Memorial Park – Saint John

Nestled within the Douglas Avenue Preservation Area on Douglas Avenue in Saint John, Riverview Memorial Park is a sprawling green space featuring gravel pathways and a monument dedicated to the Boer War veterans. This park has a deep connection with Margaret Baizley and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), thanks to Baizley’s tenacious leadership and efforts in raising funds for the construction of the South African War monument. Established in 1902, Riverview Memorial Park stands as a testament to the determination of Mrs. Baizley and the WCTU, serving the Saint John community for over a century as both a leisure spot and a memorial to the brave Boer War soldiers.

Riverview Memorial Park - Saint John

The park is also a tribute to the valiant servicemen who fought in the South African Boer War for King and Country, specifically the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry, recruited from New Brunswick. G Company, comprising many ex-members of the renowned 62nd Saint John Fusiliers, earned recognition for their bravery during the Battle of Paardeberg in February 1900, which led to the surrender of Pieter Cronje’s forces. Four Saint John men lost their lives during the Boer War at Paardeberg, with three of them dying on the day of Cronje’s surrender, February 27th, 1900. Local Boer War veterans used to gather at Riverview Memorial Park on Paardeberg Day, reenacting the battle and charging entrenched African forces. Colonel Reginald Fendick revived this ceremony on February 27th, 1999, after two decades of absence.

Riverview Memorial Park - Saint John

Riverview Memorial Park’s significance also extends to its picturesque surroundings and physical monuments. The park’s centerpiece is a statue of a private soldier in a striking pose, clutching a firearm and exemplifying the attire and gear of various contingents, save for the first infantry regiment. The park also offers a stunning view of Marble Cove and the Saint John River, enhancing its appeal as a cherished community space.

 

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