Dover's Heroic Captain
John A. Macaulay, attempted to save three little lads from Lake Erie's
icy waters last February.
"Jackie" West, born 30 Mar 1911, was the first little lad to
break through the ice, which had formed over what had been open water
the day before.
brother, Charles Edward "Teddie" West, born 18 Mar 1908,
went to his brother Jackie's assistance, but could not get him out.
Wilfred Miller, born 6 Oct 1908, plunged in to render assistance,
while Lindsay Gunton tried to attract the attention of some adult by
calling out as loudly as possible.
Macaulay was honored by the citizens of Port Dover in Powell Park,
Thursday evening, 2 Oct 1919, for his courageous deed in attempting to
rescue the two sons of Mr. and Mrs. E. West and the youngest son of
Mrs. R. Miller, after they had broken through the treacherous ice on
Lake Erie, Monday afternoon, 10 Feb 1919.
parchment awarded by the Royal Humane Society was presented to Captain
Macaulay by Captain Robinson. The document reads in part:
The Committee of Awards, having considered and reported thereon,
the Royal Canadian Humane Association has unanimously resolved that
Captain John A. Macaulay is justly entitled to this Honorary
Testimonial of the Association, awarded for promptitude and courage in
the rescue of the bodies of Charles E. West, John G. West and John
Miller from the waters of Lake Erie, 10 Feb 1919.