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Downer, Frank George obituary

Event Date : Friday, September 08, 1944
Event Type : Death

Description : Veteran of South African and World War 1 died at Christie Street Hospital in his 82nd year.

Morris, Job obituary

Event Date : Thursday, October 05, 1944
Event Type : Death

Description : Husband of Anne Adella Crate, father of Sergt. W.D. Morris and Alma died at Christie Street Hospital, Toronto. Job Morris, S.A., R.C.N.V.R., Reg. No. V55544. Interment in Prospect Cemetery.

Bradford Witness

McKinstry, Jack obituary

Event Date : Monday, January 17, 1955
Event Type : Death
Municipality : Dearborn, Michigan

Description : "A message has been received by Mr. B. B. Collings informing of the death of Jack McKinstry of Dearborn, Michigan, on Monday, January 17. Mr. McKinstry was born in Bradford in 1899, attended Bradford public and high schools, where he established an enviable reputation in athletics as a runner. He, with the late Job Morris and Norman Spence, enlisted and went overseas in the first Great War with Major Stoddart. He returned from war to Bradford, then went to Detroit where he had since been with the Ford Motor Company. He had been in poor health for about two months before his death. Mr. McKinstry was predeceased by his wife. A son and a daughter in Dearborn, Michigan, survive him."

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Stoddart, Major George W. obituary

Event Date : Wednesday, May 18, 1955
Event Type : Death
Municipality : Matlock, Bath, Derbyshire, England

A former well known resident of this district passed away recently at Matlock, Bath, Derbyshire, England, in the person of George Washington Stoddart. The late Major Stoddart was born on March 5, 1877, the youngest and last surviving child of Robert Stoddart, and Sarah McConkey Stoddart, his wife. His early education was obtained at Middletown School and later at Bradford. Early in his career he became interested in military affairs and enlisted in the 36th Peel Regiment under the command of Lt.-Col. Tyrwhitt. He trained at Stanley Barracks, Toronto, and Wolsley Barracks, London, and rose to Captain of his Regiment. He offered his services in the South African War but his services were declined because of the small number of enlisted men taken from Canada. On June 4, 1902 he married the late Pearl Wood, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Wood of Bradford. The issue of this marriage are Winston and George Stoddart. He served on the Council of the Village of Bradford and was subsequently Reeve. Under his Reeveship, Hydroelectricity was first installed in Bradford. He constructed a number of houses in the Village, principally on Barrie Street. He was a lover of trees and many of the fine maple trees on the Village streets were planted during his term of office on the Council. On the outbreak of World War I he offered his services. Early in 1915 he went Overseas with the 74th Battalion. He lost a leg during the War, but returned to Canada only in 1919. Mrs. Pearl Wood Stoddart died on March 6, 1926. In 1943 he married Bernice Hardstaffe of Matlock, Bath, England, who survives him, as well as a daughter, Georgina, by his second marriage. In 1938 he went to England, making his home there until his death on May 18 last. He visited this country several times since the end of World War I and was keenly interested in Bradford and vicinity.

Bond Head Cenotaph plaque - WWI

Photograph of the Bond Head Cenotaph plaque - memorial to the soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War from Bond Head. Plaque reads:
"In Memoriam
Sgt. James Edward Cassells.
Robert Everett Carter.
Leonard Averill.
William J.M. Wood.
Who fell in the Great War."

Peter Wilson

Dale, John William

Photograph of World War I soldier J. William Dale, who lost his life in St. Eloi on May 10th, 1916.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

Long, Arthur Given obituary

"Pte. Long's Death.

Weston, April 12 - (Special) - Rev. Dr. Long received word to-day of the death of his son, Pte. A. G. Long, by shell shock in Belgium on March 29th. He was with the 18th Battalion, and formerly with the Goodyear Company at Calgary. He was well known at Brampton and Bradford. Pte. Long spent Christmas Day in the front line of trenches. Two brothers and two sisters and the parents survive."

The Globe Toronto

Adams' children

These are the children of Charles and Emily (Johnson) Adams, farmers of Bradford. David and John in the back row, and their sisters Bertha, Lilly (Perry) and Emily (Else). Jessie Lawrence is not pictured as she lived in Saskatchewan. David and John fought in World War I, though John died in Belgium on November 10th, 1917 and is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

Veterans Dinner and Get Together

"Bradford Army and Navy Veterans had a fowl dinner and get-together in their new club rooms on the evening of Remembrance Day, Friday, Nov. 11th, when veterans and a few invited guests to the number of nearly forty, sat down to the wonderful repast provided. Before partaking of the meal two minutes' silence were observed in memory of comrades who fell in the Great War. After dinner Rev. C.H. Forth, who, it was announced, had accepted the office of Honorary Chaplain of the Bradford branch of the Army and Navy Veterans, occupied the chair, when a programme of short speeches and music was carried out. Reeve Nolan, who was one of those present, during his remarks, complimented the local Veterans upon the most able manner in which they arranged and carried out their big three days' celebration the past summer, and assured them that if they attempted another such affair in the future they would receive even a greater measure of support from the public of Bradford.
The Veterans are to be complimented upon the transformation they have made in the appearance of the large room above the Fire Hall, which they are now using as their club room. We would suggest that anyone who has an easy chair which they have discarded or put away in the attic to be forgotten, might get in touch with the Veterans, who could make good use of it in their club room."

Bradford Witness

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