Grimsby Newspapers
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Grimsby Independent, 23 Nov 1950, p. 2

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Date of Publication:
23 Nov 1950
Date Of Event:
Sept 1912
Personal Name(s):
Ross, Bruce ; Phipps, Lloyd ; Flannery, Willie
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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In September of 1912, Bruce Ross and Lloyd Phipps were out in the lake in a punt. Another boy, Willie Flannery, made a jump from the old piers for the boat and missed it. He injured himself in the jump and had sunk for the third time, drowning, when Ross succeeded in getting hold of him and taking him ashore. On November 2nd, H.R.H. Duke of Connaught, then Governor-General of Canada, and Chief of the Boy Scouts, awarded Ross a Scout Life Saving Medal. On November 20th, with a great fanfare of martial music from the 44th Regiment band, and cheering hundreds, the medal was presented to Ross in Snetsinger's hall by Rev. J. Allan Ballard. At the time Mr. J.H. Forman was chairman of the local scout council. The late Captain Harry Messett, who ran a monument works on Depot Street, was Scout Master and Major H.F. Baker was his assistant. Scout Bruce Ross lived at the corner of Mountain and Elm Street in the home now owned by Richard and Buddy Shafer. Bruce is now living in Toronto, an executive official of the Imperial Oil Company.

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