Etc. -- Ben Howarth Killed in Action, 1917
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The following is of a page 1 article in the 26 Mar 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Killed in Action

An employee of the Simcoe Litho. Went overseas with Lieut. Walter Force in Norfolk's second detail. Has been in the fighting nearly two years. Was wounded last summer.

His father, also a soldier, is in England suffering from shell shock. 

Private Ben Howarth was still a little short of twenty-one and single. He is the eldest of a large family of children. The mother lives on Agricultural Street in Simcoe.

The following is of a page 1 article in the 17 May 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.


An I.O.D.E. parcel in care of Bennie Howarth, for himself and his comrades, reached its destination too late, but his comrades forward the following acknowledgement: 

France, April 20th, 1917

Dear Madam, -- We got the socks all right that you sent to Ben Howarth, and we are sorry to say that Bennie was not here to receive them them. He was killed a couple of days before while we were attacking at Vimy. 
The socks came in very handy. They got here just as we came out of a big scrap and the boys were all tired out and had wet feet. They have asked me to thank you for your kindness which they greatly appreciate.

Yours truly,
Wilfred Breckin
20th Battalion

Also see Ben's Attestation paper: side 1 | side 2

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