Two weeks after he had received his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, and one week after he had taken over his new command, the Fourth Battalion, Royal Canadian Engineers, William Edward Andrewes of Toronto met his death in a traffic accident. It is thought that the officer had been killed while riding in a motorcycle sidecar. Word was received by the young officer's wife and parents Saturday evening.
Col. Andrewes, son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Andrewes, D.S.O., Beamsville, a veteran of the Boer War and the Great War, received his education at Lake Lodge School and Royal Military College, Kingston. Following his graduation from R.M.C. he was stationed at Halifax for two years, after which he took a post-graduate course at McGill University, for which he received the degree of bachelor of science. He spent a year in Great Britain studying at military colleges there, and on his return to Canada, he was stationed at Kingston, London and Toronto. Prior to going overseas he was at Pettawawa and Camp Borden. He arrived in Great Britain on Christmas Day, 1940 with the rank of major.
In Great Britain, Col. Andrewes was for some time attached to Canadian military headquarters at London, and early this year he was assigned to the second field company, R.C.E. His promotion was announced just two weeks ago. Prior to joining Canadian headquarters in London he spent some time at the Khaki College.
Besides his parents, Col. Andrewes leaves two sisters, Mrs. Russell Young, Grimsby Beach, and Mrs. W.J. Sheppard, Toronto, as well as a brother, Christopher, Beamsville. His wife, the former Phylis Moorman, Halifax, resides in Toronto, and there is one son, Peter, age 7. Col. and Mrs. Andrewes were married in England in 1934.