17 December 1917 – The Halifax Explosion Funeral

“Argyle Street at the corner of George Street, Halifax, showing pine coffins supplied to Snow & Co., Undertakers, second building from right, for victims of the explosion”
Credit: W.G. MacLaughlan, Halifax Relief Commission, Nova Scotia Archives, accession no. 1976-166 no. 64 / negative: N-4273.

On this day in 1917, a funeral is held in Halifax for the remaining unidentified bodies following the explosion. Some bodies can never possibly be identified; others have no living relatives left to claim them. They are buried in a plot at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the same location of 121 victims from the Titanic.

“Public funeral of unidentified dead – Monday, December 17th: services by all denominations”
Credit: Nova Scotia Archives, from Devasted Halifax (Halifax, 1917), pp. 30-31, Reference no. F107 H13 Ex7 no. 5.