REMEMBERING PRIVATE WILLIAMSON

As was done last Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of Coldwater's first fatal casualty of the Great War, Gunner Arnot Leatherdale, the Coldwater Legion lowered its flags again today to honour another local soldier killed in action a century ago. Today, we remember Private Hilton Williamson. Hilton Williamson was born on September 13, 1890, the son of Emma (Beard) and James Williamson of Jarrat, a small community located 15 km south-east of Coldwater. The family moved out west in the early 1900s, so when the call to arms came, Hilton enlisted with the 46th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Nov 1, 1915. He was 24 years old and single. On his Attestatio

REMEMBERING GUNNER LEATHERDALE

Each year at Remembrance Day ceremonies in Coldwater and across the country, people gather to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in the defence of our country. Most of us are familiar with Remembrance statements like "Lest we forget", and "We will remember them", but who exactly are we remembering? Does anyone truly remember someone who fell on the battlefield a century ago? What do we actually remember of those last names and initials that are listed on cenotaphs and in pamphlets? As this year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Coldwater's first fatal casualty of the Great War, the Coldwater Legion is trying to put a face on these names. We will begin by r

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