Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Sarah Maxwell (1876-1907)

I have quickly run out of my own family's tombstones, so I will be posting those that I have taken photos of this past summer.

On February 26, 1907 a fire broke out in the Hochelaga School in Montreal, Quebec. Sixteen young children perished in the fire, along with Sarah Maxwell, the school principal. She lost her life while attempting to rescue many of the children.

The inscription reads:

In Loving Memory of
Sarah Maxwell
Aged 31 yrs.

Who lost her life whilst endeavoring to save the lives of the pupils at the Hochelaga School Fire Feb. 26th 1907.

Also the little ones who perished with her.

Sarah is buried at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal, Quebec.


  1. Thanks for posting this! She's a relative of mine (a sister is my great grandmother) and I haven't been able to get to Montreal yet to see it.

    1. You're most welcome. I've also created a memorial for her on Find A Grave.