Soldier Dies After Brief Illness
Harold, younger son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Butler of Simcoe, a member of the Royal Flying Arm in
training at Toronto, fell a victim to an attack of pneumonia
developing from influenza.
He died about four o'clock on
Friday, 11th inst., having been ill six days. He attained his
in June last.
Prior to enlisting, some six
weeks or so ago, he had served on The Reformer staff for four and
a half years, and had become an efficient artisan.
His only brother, Gordon, who
also left his position on The Reformer to join the colors, has
been in a fighting unit in France for many months. His father,
mother and three sisters also mourn his sudden and unexpected
The body was brought from Toronto
to Simcoe on Saturday evening's Grand Trunk train, and the funeral
took place from his parents' home, Colborne street, to Oakwood
Cemetery on Monday afternoon.
Rev. H. C. Newcombe conducted the
services. The pall-bearers were: Verne Potts, Jesse Firby,
Kenneth Nelson, Frank Nelson, Clarence Potts, Lorne Everett.
Harold Butler was an exemplary
young man. He was intelligent, industrious, dependable. He was
justified in looking forward to years of useful effort fitly
He put all to the hazard to go
voluntarily to do what he regarded as his duty.
To him and to all who have fallen
short of the foughten field must ever be honor and praise no
less than to the hero dead who sleep 'neath the crosses in