Ellis Wellwood Sifton, V.C. 1891-1917

Born and educated in Wallacetown, Sifton joined the 18th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, in October 1914. During the Canadian attack on Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917, his company was held up by the fire of a German machine gun. Lance-Sergeant Sifton charged it single handed, killed the crew and held the position against enemy counter-attack until his comrades arrived. In carrying out this gallant act, he was killed, but his conspicuous valour undoubtedly saved many lives and contributed largely to the success of the operation. The British Empire's highest award for military valour, the Victoria Cross, was awarded posthumously to Ellis Sifton.


At St. Peter's Church in Tyrconnell, southeast of Wallacetown on County Road 8, near John E. Pearce Provincial Park

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Elgin

Municipality: Municipality of Dutton-Dunwich