Grimsby Newspapers
Three Grimsby boys answer the last roll call
Grimsby Independent, 2 May 1917, p. 1

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Hughes (d. 26 Apr 1917), Cowan (d 9 Apr 1917), Lewis (d. 27 Feb 1917)
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2 May 1917
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Hughes, Charles Alexander ; Cowan, Ewart ; Lewis, Coyne ; Hughes, William ; Hughes, Harry ; Cowan, William ; Sharpe, Fannie Elsie ; Lewis, W.E. ; Flock, James Allan ; Gilbert, George ; Spencer, Stephen ; Cowan, William ; Watt, Donald ; Brooks, Harold ; Miles, Alfred
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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The terrible fighting at Vimy Ridge on Easter Sunday and succeeding days is still telling its own sad story in this district. Three Grimsby boys ... Trooper Charles Alexander Hughes, reported "died of wounds" on Thursday morning is the youngest of three brothers all serving in the Canadian Army in France ... The deceased Trooper was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hughes, Gibson Avenue ... a brother, Harry, ... was wounded last winter but is now well on the way to recovery ...

Pte. Ewart M. Cowan is a Grimsby boy ... he is reported "killed in action" April 9 ... he was the second son of the late William and Mrs. Cowan of Ontario Street. He was born here 27 years ago and lived here all his life up until 4 years ago when he moved to Hamilton. ... His father died last January ... another brother, William is in France ... besides a wife who was Miss Fannie Elsie Sharpe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Sharpe, St. Andrews Avenue and sister of Pte. Maurice Sharpe reported missing and Pte. Reg. Sharpe in France; this brave soldier ... leaves three small children ...

Pte. Coyne Lewis, son of W.E. Lewis, 221 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, who was reported "missing believed wounded" on February 27th is now announced to have been "killed in action" on that date. Pte. Lewis was born in Grimsby 23 years ago and resided there the greater part of his life, but some years ago he went to the west ... In addition to his father and stepmother he is survived by a sister and a brother ...

Pte. James Allan Flock was reported wounded on April 8 but the telegram received on Friday morning by his mother did not give any particulars. ... Pte. Flock was farming out west of Moosejaw when war brock out ... Pte. Flock was born, raised and educated in this district ... He is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Flock of Oak Street. ...

Pte. George Gilbert of Beamsville was reported wounded ... on April 9 in a telegram received by his mother, Mrs. G. Hewitt on Friday morning last ... his brother, Ernest, is also in France ...

Pte. Stephen E. now confined to Stockport Hospital. He has been in France since November of last year. When in Grimsby, he was employed on Supt. Bromley's Waterworks gang.

Pte. William Cowan, writing to his mother, Mrs. William G. Cowan, Ontario Street, on April 12 from the Cottage Hospital, Southport, England, tells of being the storming of Vimy Ridge. He also states that he met his brother, Pte. Ewart Cowan, just one week previous at a church service behind the lines, and just a few days before the brother was killed.

Pte. Donald Watt, a son of Mrs. Watt of Beamsville, is now in No. 7 General Hospital...Pte. Watt enlisted from the West with an Edmonton Batallion and was never in this district....His younger brother, who moved to Beamsville with the mother, is now overseas...

Pte. Harold Brooks, an Englishman... is reported wounded...He was engaged as a farm hand at Grassie's corners when he answered the call. His relatives all reside in England.

Pte. Alfred Miles, mentioned Tuesday morning as killed in action, was a resident of Winona, but had been in the employ of the Radiant Electric Co., Grimsby, and E.D. Smith and Sons shortly before enlistment. He joined the colours in Dec. 1915 with the county of Wentworth Battalion and after his departure for overseas his wife removed to LeFroy, Ont. Pt. Miles was born in Canada.

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Three Grimsby boys answer the last roll call