Henry Albert Harper - Ottawa, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 45° 25.391 W 075° 41.889
18T E 445381 N 5030199
Quick Description: On the monument erected to Henry Albert Harper after he drowned in the Ottawa River on 6 December 1901, the following words were etched in stone: Galahad - Cried, 'If I lose myself, I save myself!' Tennyson The Holy Grail.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 5/3/2018 6:31:22 PM
Waymark Code: WMY76J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
On December 6, 1901, Harper was attending a skating party held on the frozen Ottawa River by the Governor General, the Earl of Minto. Andrew George Blair's daughter Bessie, and Alex Creelman, fell through a patch of weak ice - though Creelman pulled himself to safety, Harper dove into the river to save Blair, and both ultimately drowned. His last words were reportedly "What else can I do?" when their companions tried to dissuade his rescue attempt, another telling says that he quoted Galahad's famous "If I lose myself, I save myself" before jumping into the water. Their bodies were recovered the following day and Harper was buried in Cookstown on December 9.

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109 Wellington Street, next to the north sidewalk, almost in line with the Peace Tower, Ottawa, Ontario


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