following transcription is of a page 1 article in the 15 Jul 1915 issue
of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
LIFE FOR THE CAUSE
Mrs. Bottomley of Niagara Falls,
has been so much in Simcoe of late and has by her charm and
kindliness won so many friends; that today the sympathy of our
citizens goes out unreservedly to her in her bereavement.
The dread message "Killed in
Action" has come to her across the oceans and continents from
far away British West Africa, announcing the death of her husband,
Sergt.-Major John C [sic]. Bottomley, on Jun 23.
Deceased was a son of the late
Joseph Bottomley, and was well known in Norfolk where he had spent
most of his life. He was a veteran of the South African war, and
held the distinguished conduct medal. He went to the front with
the first Canadian contingent, but later exchanged into a British
regiment ordered to East Africa.
following transcription is of a page 1 article in the 2 Sep 1915 issue
of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
J. W [sic]. Bottomley has been the recipient lately of a
couple of letters describing the gallant death in action
of her husband, Sergt.-Major J. W. Bottomley, at Bukoka,
German East Africa, on June 23.
One letter was written
by his commanding officer,
Major Leitch, and the other
was written to a friend of
Sergt.-Major Bottomley, C. A.
Hood of Leeds, England,
and sent by the latter to Mrs.
Norfolk is the native
county of "Jack" Bottomley, and his many
friends will be interested in hearing of the brave
of one who lost his life in attempting to defend the
unselfish and great aims of the British Empire.
In the Field,
26 Jun 1915.
J. W. Bottomley,
In extending to you and
your family my sympathy at the death in action on 23 Jun
of your gallant husband
(my sergeant-major), I wish to
place on record the splendid work he had done in the
regiment from the date of his joining up to the hour of
He was loved by all
ranks, and all remember with pride his heroic conduct on
the field. He fell (as he would have wished to fall), at
the head of him men, charging the German guns.
He died peacefully and
almost instantly, and was buried the same evening in the
park of the captured town of Bukoba, German East Africa,
surrounded by his men
who he had so gallantly led, and
who died with him.
Having come from
Hamilton, Ont., myself, and knowing your husband
previously, we had become very close friends and his
loss was a great blow to me.
John S. Leitch,
Commanding "C" Co'y.
25th Royal Fusiliers
9 Aug 1915.
A. Hood, Esq.,
Thanks for yours of the 9th ult. I have received the
enclosure from the war office.
There is a man in
Croydon who says he was in the trench with our friend
Jack when he was killed. This man in home suffering from
shrapnel wounds in the leg.
He says Jack was
wounded three times during the morning, but refused to
go back to have his wounds attended to, saying that his
place was with his men. Soon after this a Maxim gun
finished him, and there were twenty-four wounds on his
body. There was a howl of rage in their trench when it
If anything more should
be heard I will at once forward, as perhaps you may
think it right to pass same on to Mrs. Bottomley. If you
do, will you be so kind as to express to her our deepest
We felt his loss more
that you might suppose after such short acquaintance. We
would be pleased to hear from Mrs. Bottomley if she
cared to write.
Although what this
soldier says is more that the official statement, I
quite believe it to be true, as I know how all his men,
without exception, loved him.
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