following is from a page 1 article in the 6 Sep 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
Sergeant James William Alward,
[pioneer] sergeant of the 133rd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Alward
Sergt. Alward was a millwright
and prior to enlisting conducted a wood working shop here. His
wife is at present living in Rochester.
A younger brother, Cecil,
also went to the war and
was reported first as "missing," and afterwards as
following is from a page 1 article in the 27 Sep 1917 issue of
the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
TO SERGT. J. W. ALWARD
L. Alward, the widow of Sergt. J. W. Alward, has received
the following letters of sympathy from the officer in charge
of her husband's platoon, Lieutenant
P. W. Shill of No. 3 Platoon, and Colonel A. C. Pratt.
August 25, 1917
Madame: -- I regret to have to inform you of the death of
your husband, Corporal J. W. Alward, who was killed by
concussion from a shell during the holding of the new line
on Hill 79.
He was buried in the
front line, near where he fell.
I may say, as his
platoon commander, that the loss to the platoon and in fact
to all concerned, is very severe, as he was a first-class,
thoroughly reliable and trustworthy non-commissioned officer
and his place will be hard to fill.
At such times as
these one can only refer you to our Heavenly Father, who will
Himself be a husband to the widow and a father to the
fatherless. I have proved by experience that His grace
is sufficient for us, even under the most trying
circumstances. He will give you all the strength you
need, if you will put your whole trust in Him. God bless and
A. C. Pratt at H.Q. No. 1 Labour Group, France, wrote on 5
Mrs. Alward: -- I have just learned that your splendid
husband was killed in action on July 10th.
He was one of my
very best soldiers and I was and
am very proud of him. I
counted him as one of my warm personal friends and from the
very first he
was a source of helpfulness and strength to
His work was always
well done and no matter what conditions he encountered he
was very cheerful.
I grieve with you
over the loss of one of Norfolk's
truest heroes, and his
native county will never forget
his sacrifice. His name will
stand in proud and loving memory for all that is best in
life and character.
I know that he has
gained the reward reserved for heroes and has but gone
before a little while. May a kind and loving Providence
lighten your care and soften your grief.
see James' Attestation paper: side
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