of George Plant
Veteran of the Great War
in Brantford from Burns
Sustained in an Explosion
at the Slingsby Mills
News reached town on Sunday
morning of the death
in Brantford of George Anderson Plant, a veteran of
the Great War.
Deceased died of burns
received on 8 Oct 1920 whilst attending to his duties, as the result
of an accident caused by an explosion at the Slingsby Mills, in
whose employ he had been for only four weeks.
Mr. R. D. Imrie, who was as
good as a father to the late Mr. Plant, went over to Brantford on
Sunday and made arrangements for the burial, which took place in
Oakwood Cemetery, with full military honors on Tuesday afternoon.
following a service in St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, conducted by
Rev. W. J. Dey.
Four brothers are left to
mourn his loss, two in Toronto, one in Brockville, and one in
Scotland. The three former attended the funeral.
The three brothers, Mrs.
Imrie and Mrs. R. Hall and
Mr. Imrie occupied the mourners car.
Charles E. Innes' car carried Dr. Dey and sufficient floral tributes
to cover the grave. W. L. Innes, manager of the Simcoe Canning and
Can Plant, was also an attendant.
The pall-bearers were
Messrs. David Cormack,
Chas. Lankey, Guy Winter, Chas. Witherspoon,
George Stewart, Alex. Hall and Angus Hall.
Over 150 veterans followed
the remains to their last resting place, accompanied by a firing
squad from Brantford,
The late George Plant was in
his 28th year. He enlisted at the outbreak of the war, leaving Simcoe
with the first contingent in 1914. He saw much active service and
went through many engagements of note, being twice wounded. He was one
of the last men to return home after the war was over.
He was a splendid type of
Scotsman, highly esteemed in Simcoe. His many friends will regret
to learn of his untimely death.
Last night in Brantford the
coroner's jury summoned to inquire into the death of George Plant
brought in a verdict that death was caused by burns sustained though
lack of precautions on the part of the company.
The jury recommended that
fire glass be placed inside the cotton bin so that the contents
could be seen without necessitating a man going inside. They also
recommended that a fully qualified person be placed in charge of the
first aid room.
Plant was employed at the
Slingsby mills to watch line cotton being blown into a bin on the
fourth storey. The cotton caught fire, and the explosion blew the
door on Plant, who was covered with burning cotton. He lived for 10
days in agony after the accident.