Etc. -- Miss Annie Bowlby's return from overseas service
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 15 Jun 1916 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Reception for Miss Bowlby

Accompanied by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bowlby of Woodhouse, who had gone to Toronto to welcome her, Miss Annie Bowlby arrived home last Friday by the 9:05 p.m. G.T.R. Express.

It is a little over a year ago since Miss Bowlby, almost without attracting any attention, volunteered to go the fighting front and left for overseas. She has been stationed most of the intervening time as a nursing sister in the British Hospital at Malta, prepared for the reception of Gallipoli wounded.

News of Miss Bowlby's expected return to Simcoe was received early in the week and the county council which was in session, determined to take official note of the first return of a Norfolk County nurse from active service. A special committee of the council was named and it was decided that a public reception be tendered Miss Bowlby on her arrival at the depot.

Colonel Pratt, commanding the 133rd, co-operated, and a guard of honor, 250 strong, headed by the band, lined the platform when the train pulled in. Warden McDowell and the county council were present in a body, and citizens turned out on foot and in motor cars to help in the cheering.

When Miss Bowlby and her parents got out to the platform, the soldiers presented arms and then Warden McDowell made a brief but singularly happy speech and presented her with a handsome traveling bag; someone furnished a beautiful bouquet; hearty cheers were given, and the proceedings were over.

The affair was a well deserved tribute to a splendid young woman whose noble work on behalf of suffering and wounded British soldiers has greatly endeared her to the people of the community that is proud to claim her as a daughter.


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