The Cenotaph erected by the citizens of Forest in 1922 was dedicated by Lieutenant-Governor, Colonel Harry Cockshutt in memory of the boys who laid down their lives in the First World War. The monument was originally located on King St West in front of the Railway Station.

In1950 following consultation with the Legion it was decided to relocated the statue to its present location on Townsend Line.

In 2017 the Municipality of Lambton Shores undertook a major restoration of the grounds surrounding the Cenotaph. The following year the Legion with funding assistance in the form of a grant from Veteran Affairs commissioned major restoration work on the statue. A rededication ceremony was held on June 3, 2019.