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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.

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Archer, Matthew

Matthew Archer, the son of Thomas and Jennie May Archer. He served in the First World War and died in France.

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Arthur G. McDonnell Reported Killed Overseas

"Native of Gilford District Believed First Invasion Casualty To Be Reported Here
Believed ti be an Invasion casualty, the sad news came to Bradford last Wednesday afternoon that Arthur George McDonnell, eldest son of Mr. George McDonnell, formerly of Gilford, has died of wounds on June 12. As the family had no word of his being in action previous to this message, it is believed that he received fatal wounds during the early days of the invasion of Normandy." ...

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Belfry, George

George Wellington Belfry was born on January 22nd, 1894 in Bradford to William and Julia (Cole) Belfry. George grew up farming prior to his enlistment on February 8th, 1916 at the age of 22. He was drafted into the 76th Battalion though he immediately joined the 18th Battalion which recruited from Western Ontario. George was discharged from duty in early September due to illness, though quickly returned to the front. He was shot on September 15th, though he recovered. The second time he was wounded, on October 1st, proved fatal and he died on November 8th, 1916 and is buried in France.

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

Bond Head Cenotaph Plaque - WWII

Bond Head Memorial Plaque for Soldiers who lost their lives in World War II from the Bond Head area. Plaque reads:
"In Memoriam
Harold Wilson
Laurie Melbourne
Ross Rutherford
Walter Aelick
Walter Andrews
Earl Slack
Robson Jewitt
Who lost their lives in the Second World War."

Peter Wilson

Collis, John Albert

Photograph of John A. Collis, soldier from World War II. John was born on October 14th, 1915 in Lowville, Ontario to parents George and Florence May Collis. He later married Dorothy Ruby in Bradford, Ontario and had a daughter, Joan Yvonne Collis, and a son, John Neill Collis. He was killed in action on July 25th, 1944 in Caen, France, and is buried in the Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in Calvados, France.

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Dale, John William

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

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Dimock, Hedley Gilbert

Photograph of Flight Sergeant Hedley G. Dimock of the RCAF, who died June 26, 1944 in a take-off accident in India.

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