Etc. -- Hope King recommended for medal, 1917
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The following is from page 1 of the 13 Sep 1917 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Lieut. Hope King (photo), elder son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. J. King of Simcoe, has been severely wounded in the arm and thigh.


The following transcription is of a page 1 article in 18 Oct 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Lieutenant Hope King
Recommended for V.C.

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. J. King are elated over some great news that has recently come to them. It is small wonder that they are pleased, and we feel sure that all their friends here and elsewhere will rejoice with them.

Recently they were officially notified that their elder son, Lieutenant Hope King, who went with the 52nd Battalion from Winnipeg, had been wounded and was 
in England in hospital. Since then letters have been received from the young soldier, one arriving yesterday. But in not a line of them was any reference made to his exploits -- that is a way with V.C. heroes.

But acts of heroism cannot be hidden permanently. And from two sources, as widely separated as Montreal and Winnipeg, have come stories of how Hope King covered himself with immortal glory, and then said nothing about it -- even to his mother.

The Montreal letter came from a high official of the Molsons Bank, an old friend of Mr. King's, who wrote to congratulate him on being the father of such a son. The writer had the news from a soldier relative in France.

The Winnipeg letter was from the mother of a pal of Hope's. It covered a copy of the latest letter received by the writer from one of her two sons fighting in France 
-- the one who was a fellow sub of young King's. 
From this letter Mr. King has been kind enough to permit us to make this illuminating extract:

"Our battalion put on a bit of a show a while ago, and I was the only officer of our company to come through. So I am acting company commander and everything else, which means a lot of work. 

Our captain, Hal Fryer, was killed. Smith was lightly hit in the hand. Bill Grant had his leg broken. 

Hope King and I were the only ones to get into Fritz's trench -- just two officers for a whole company -- and Hope had his left forearm broken, and was hit twice in the upper left arm and in both thighs with shrapnel, but stuck it out. 

When we retired to our own line (it was only a raid and it was not intended we should hold the enemy line), he carried a wounded sergeant out on his back, in spite of machine guy and shell-fire, and in spite of his broken arm.

"He has been recommended by the divisional commander for the V.C. How's that for old Hope? 
He is without doubt the coolest old fool I have seen in the line. I don't think he has sense enough to be scared. And his men simply worship him.

"Praise be, I came through with nothing more serious than blisters on my knees where they knocked together. 

"I omitted to say that Hope is not at all dangerously wounded. I have had a letter from him since he was cleared to England."

Let us all devoutly hope that the recommendation of that divisional commander meets with a favorable response. In any event, great credit has come to this comely Simcoe boy fighting for King and country. The Victoria Cross is the second highest honor that can fall to a British soldier.

The following transcription is of a page 1 item in 1 Nov 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. J. King are delighted to learn by letter from their son, Lieut. Hope King, that he is recovering nicely from his wounds and that he has 
been notified that he has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

W. Hope King
Photo from microfilm

Photo from microfilm

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