Etc. -- Private William Lowe coming home and Presentation
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A lightly edited partial transcript of the Port Dover column on page 9 of the 18 Oct 1917 issue of Simcoe Reformer.

The parents of Pte. William Lowe* were notified today (Tuesday, 9 Oct 1917) that their son had left Halifax en route for Port Dover. The notice was sent unofficially by a friend who is at present in that city.

Pte. Lowe was severely wounded in the knee, during one of the early drives which the British made when they began to bend the Hindenburg line. The wound later necessitated the amputation of the leg above the knee, 

After picking up his seriously wounded brother Walter, and placing him in a shell hole for greater safety, Pte. William went a scant 200 yards before he too fell wounded, but was soon picked up by the stretcher bearers.

Walter, however, who should have been picked up before William, was reported missing after the attack and no further particulars have been received by his parents regarding him.


A lightly edited partial transcript of the Port Dover column on page 2 of the 22 Nov 1917 issue of Simcoe Reformer.

Private Wm. Lowe, accompanied by a friend who had also lost a leg, arrived in the Port unexpectedly last Saturday night from Cobourg.

A large number of citizens assembled in Powell Park, where Pte. Lowe was escorted to the bandstand and an address of welcome read by Rev. H. J. Johnson.

T. W. Smith presented him with a ebony case, the gift of the villagers. The cane bears a shield with the inscription: "Presented to William David Lowe, 133rd Norfolk Battalion, O.S.F., by the citizens of Port Dover. Engagement: Vimy Ridge, 8 Apr 1917." 

* Compiler's Comment: this surname appears as both Low -- Walter's spelling -- and Lowe -- William's spelling -- in the historical record. The Reformer most consistently listed it as Lowe, but the soldiers' father was buried as David Low.]

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