Etc. -- George Alec Neill is missing, 1917
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The following transcription is of a page 1 article in the 13 Sep 1917 
issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.


Company Signaller Geo. Alex. Neil, [has been] missing since Aug. 14th. Enlisted with [33]th. 

Was a fellow member of the same signal section as Harold Ketch

His mother lives on West Street, Simcoe. 
The father is with a labor battalion in Flanders.

George Alec Neill

The following transcription is of a page 1 article in the 20 Sep 1917 
issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

From a Comrade of Private George Neil

The following is a letter which Mrs. Neil has received from one of her son's comrades in France, 
Wm. [Dvorty], [173069]. It is dated 27 Aug 1917.

Dear Mrs. Neil, -- You no doubt will have been informed by the Ottawa authorities that your son George (photo) is missing and believed killed.

I write you this letter to extend to you all the deepest sympathy of the lads who were friends of George's and myself. We came to France together 14 months ago, and have been together ever since we came out, so we ere very great chums. I must say I feel his loss very much indeed.

I think it will be quite permissible to say that we went over the bags together with our company commander as signallers, and we were getting along fine, laughing and joking all the way over, not realizing the danger we were passing through until we got quite near our objective, when the enemy snipers got busy and we lost one another.

I have not seen or heard anything of George since, although I have enquired of all the boys who knew him, whether they had seen anything of him.

He was a very brave boy and if he has paid the supreme sacrifice he fills a hero's grave. 

I am sorry to say I have nothing in the way of his personal effects to send you. He took all his small belongings into the line with him, with the exception of an auto-strap safety razor, which he left out and another ... which I will send you at the first opportunity, as he requested me to do on a former occasion, when he left it with me.

I wrote his aunt a few days ago telling her about George, as she wrote to him quite often, sending him parcels, etc. I thought it would be some time before she would have the news from you.

I understand his father is also in France, but am not sure of his address; but no doubt your Glasgow friends will let him know.

If there is any other information I can gather I shall be only too pleased to write again; and if there is anything further you would like to know, do not hesitate to write and ask me. My address is the same as George's was.

P.S. -- He gave me your address and requested me to write if anything should happen.


Image from microfilm
The following transcription is of a page 8 item in the 15 Aug 1918 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper. The In Memoriam on page 5 of the 14 Aug 1919 Simcoe Reformer says he is remembered by "Father, Mother, Sisters and Brother."

in memoriam

Neill -- In sad and loving memory of our dearly beloved son and brother, Signaller George A. Neill, No. 141262, who was missing, believed dead at the battle of Lens, August 15th, 1917.

Father, Mother and Sister 

The following transcription from page 7 of the 12 Aug 1920 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

in memoriam

NEILL -- In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Signaller George A. Neill, 24th Battalion, who was missing in action (now presumed dead), at the Battle of Lens, 15 Aug 1917.

-- Mother, Father, Sisters and Brother 


See George's Attestation Paper:
side 1 | side 2 | side 3 | side 4   

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