Etc. -- Edwin L. Berkinshaw Killed in Action
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 15 Jun 1916 issue of the Simcoe Reformer.

Capt. Edwin L. Berkinshaw

Capt. Berkinshaw was killed in action on 3 Jun 1916 at Ypres sallent. He was 22 years of age.

His parents are Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Berkinshaw of Calgary. His maternal grandfather was the late Mr. Levi Beemer of Hamilton, a brother of Squire John Beemer of Colborne, and a native of that village. His mother and sister were here when the sad news of his death was received. They were visiting Mrs. Charles H. Collver, Mrs. Berkinshaw's sister.

Capt. Berkinshaw began his connection with military matters early in life. At 15 he was cadet captain at the Western Canada College. The following year he was a lieutenant in the Canadian Signalling Corps. 

In 1914 he passed with honors his examinations for captain and field officer at Winnipeg. He was at that time serving as lieutenant of the Signal Corps of the 15th Light Horse, Calgary, from which the 12th Overseas Mounted Rifles was mostly made up.

Since going to England, Captain Berkinshaw qualified at Aldershott both as musketry and machine gun instructor.

He gave up the post of adjutant of the Lord Strathcona Horse Reserve and dropped his rank to captain to go to the front as a lieutenant of the 128th C.M.R. on 13 Apr last. He was keen to be among those actually in the fighting line. His time there was short, only six weeks.

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