Etc. -- J. Harold Butler dies, 1918
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The following is from a page 1 article in the 17 Oct 1918 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Young 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 nineteenth birthday 
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 removal.

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 rewarded. 

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 Belgium's poppy-fields.
 


J. Harold Butler

 
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