Etc. -- Three World War I Worn Vets return home
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The following is not an transcription. It is a heavily edited AND abbreivated summary of a page 2 article in the 13 Sep 1917 Simcoe Reformer.

War Worn Veterans Given an Enthusiastic Welcome

Homecoming of Corporal Gordon Thompson, 
Private Guy Winter and Private Ed. B. Ilton -- 
great popular gathering and  presentation of purses.

Finally, after several postponements, Corporal Gordon Thompson (photo) and Private Guy S. Winter (photo), of Simcoe's first contingent, and Private Ed. B. Ilton (photo), who enlisted with the 76th over two years ago, arrived in Simcoe Saturday on the 7:30 p.m. train from Stratford. 

A very great crowd had rushed from one depot to the other and was on hand to witness their arrival. There was great cheering when the boys stepped off their car onto the platform.

All three boys were, to the casual observer, looking fit. It was only when one got close and began to talk to them that the signs of the long and terrible strain of the trenches were visible.

Winter wears gold stripes for two wounds. His first wound was gotten at Langemarck, and he was in England a long time before getting back to the fighting.

Thompson has only one stripe, and that was for a wound in the leg received not long ago. It is not, however, the wound that bothers him 
-- but a life of 25 weary months of trench warfare.

Ilton was not wounded. His trouble comes from being completely buried by a shell, that failed to hit him, but the effects of which 
he will probably carry to his grave.

From the depot the crowd drifted to the Armoury, where 
Mayor George Williamson read an address and presented 
each boy with a purse containing a $10 gold piece.


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