Etc. -- George Plant died of 1920 explosion burns
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 21 Oct 1920 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Death of George Plant
Veteran of the Great War Dies 
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.


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