I was going to post about research, but this is just too good. It is sort of a Genealogy/findagrave post.
As some people know, I love walking in Cemeteries as much as I love genealogy. I belong to a site called findagrave.com
It is a grave registration site where you can list the final loction of family, friends, pets, etc. You do not build your family tree there. You don’t need to know the person to list them.
A few years ago, I noticed that a half-cousin 2x removed was listed in his burial location in England. He had sadly died in WWII. I had posted a picture of him and had him linked to his parents.
So, on Friday, on my message board with my name on findagrave, I got the following:
I believe you may be able to help me. I am looking for any next of kin to Samuel Walter Slingsby or Viola Slingsby.
My name is Brian Hall, I work with the City of Toronto and we would like to name a new residential lane to honour Samuel Walter Slingsby of the Royal Canadian Engineers, who was killed in action during WWII on February 7, 1943. According to the Toronto Telegram, he lived on Connaught Avenue, Newtonbrook, (North York district of Toronto) leaving behind his wife Mrs. Viola Slingsby. I just noticed on this website he had 6 children.
I saw your name and your connection to Samuel Walter Slingsby or Viola Slingsby. Is there anyone in your family that could e-mail us permission to name this new residential “Slingsby Lane”. I can give you more details if I receive a response.
I also tried to e-mail Brittany Sim through another website, but not sure if she will receive the message.
City of Toronto
Survey and Utility Mapping
So, I emailed his Great-Niece, who emailed his Great-Granddaughter in England, who got in touch with his daughter. And so it looks like sometime in the Fall, Slingsby Lane will happen in Toronto. The really cool thing, it all arrived on the daughter’s 84th birthday. Her father died when she was very little.
So, thanks to findagrave and genealogy, a street will be named after a man who made to ultimate sacrifice.
I love a good family story.