Etc. -- Carlton Crysler Killed in Action, 1918 (six articles)
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The following is from a page 1 article in the 30 May 1918 issue of 
the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Norfolk Casualties

Killed. Flight. Lieut. Carlton Crysler, formerly of Delhi. 



The following is from a page 1 article in the 30 May 1918 issue of 
the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.


The news received Simcoe last week of the death of Flight Lieutenant Carlton Crysler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Aquila Crysler, who until quite recently lived at Delhi.

Lieutenant Crysler, who was 19 years of age, concluded his studies at the Simcoe High School in June, 1917, and entered the Royal Flying Corps as a cadet.

He qualified with an exceptionally high standing, going overseas in November, and when killed had been in France two months.

One of his four sisters has been overseas as a "sewing sister" for some time. The other members of his family are now living at Welland. Mrs. Fred W. Gray of Simcoe  is an aunt.

The following is a partial transcript of apage 1 article in the 30 May 1918 issue of the Waterford Star newspaper.

[Flight Lieutenant Carlton Crysler] had been three months in France.

The news was received here by telephone by his aunt Mrs. Fred W. Grey. He was an only son. 

One of his four sisters, Miss Ferne, has served three years as a nursing sister, 
one year with the Allied Flag Nurses at Bordeau, 
then with an American Hospital in France 
and at present at Taplow Buck's Hospital, England.

The others are Miss Gertrude and Miss Pauline at home, and Mrs. Margaret Taylor of the Bank of Hamilton staff at Delhi.


The following is from a page 1 article in the 27 Jun 1918 issue of 
the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.


The following 22 May 1918 letter has been received by Mr. A. W. Crysler of Welland from Major Charles E. Bryant, the officer commanding the squadron to which his son, Flight Lieut. Carlton A. Crysler was attached when killed in France.

Dear Mr. Crysler: -- It is with the deepest of regret that I am writing to you to tell you of your son's death in aerial combat on the 20th of May.

He and another pilot were surprised by a superior number of the enemy, and your son was evidently killed at the very start, before his pal could do anything. He fell just inside our lines and is buried near the village of Villers Brettoneaux, near Amiens, close to where he fell.

He was a good lad and I can ill afford to lose men of his type, cheery and keen and always willing for a job.

Please accept my deepest sympathy in your great loss. His personal kit and belongings have been forwarded to you per Messrs. Cox and Co., and I hope you will find everything in order.

The following is from a page 1 article in the 25 Jul 1918 issue of 
the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Delhi Airman's Gallant Battle

Lieut. Carleton Crysler Died Gamely Fighting Three German Machines

Delhi, July 19 -- The following letter was received by A. W. Crysler, telling the manner in which his son, Lieut. Carleton Crysler, fought before meeting his death.

B. E. F., June 13, 1918.

Dear Sir, -- Since writing to you I have received further details with regard to your son's death, which I feel will fill you with pride to know he died game.

The Australian officers who saw the fight from the ground gave me the following details:

Your son was seen fighting three German planes, who, being 3 to 1, were naturally getting the best of it. 
Your son dived on one, and hit it with the undercarriage of his machine, the German plane dropping like a house in flames on the enemy lines.

He then continued to engage the other two planes, but by this time his machine was on fire, evidently hit in the petrol tank. He turned away to land in our lines, but evidently the fire was too much for him and at 300 feet he jumped out of the machine, being killed instantly.

He put up a gallant fight and deserved to win through. 
I shall always regret losing him, as he was a find lad. Believe me,

Yours sincerely,
Chas. C. Bryant,


The following is from a page 8 article in the 27 May 1920 issue of 
the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.


DA memorial service was held in St. Alban's Church, Delhi, on Thursday evening, 20 May 1920, for the purpose of unveiling a memorial tablet to the memory of the late Lieut. Carlton Crysler.

The memorial is a beautiful tablet by Birke & Sons, Montreal, and is on bronze.

The service was fully choral, and was in loving memory of one who was a devoted member of St. Alban's choir.

The tablet was unveiled by the Rev. Frank Leigh (who baptized Carlton), assisted by Lieut. A. B. Wilson, and the sermon was preached by Rev. W. H. Snelgrove, who was Carlton's first Sunday School teacher.

The Revs. A. B. Farney, T.B. Howard, J. B. Holland and J. Chapman, together with choirs from Tillsonburg, Norwich and Otterville, assisted  with the service, which was rendered in a beautiful manner, and was worthy of the best that Delhi could do.

The Last Post was played by Bugler T. E. Gingell.

Carlton Crysler

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