On Saturday May 27, hundreds of people gathered in Coldwater for the annual Lions Duck Race Parade. As per tradition, a Colour Party from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 Coldwater led the parade. Well, almost. We were right behind the honorary Parade Marshall.


On May 20, 2017, the Coldwater Legion lowered its flags to honour Gunner Thomas Wyley of Coldwater, who died from wounds received in action 100 years ago while serving on the front lines near Vimy, France. Thomas Wyley was born on June 4, 1897, the son of Edith (Durnford) and Thomas Wyley of Gray Street in Coldwater. Young Thomas had a twin sister, Edith, and three older siblings. Thomas enlisted in Toronto with the 12th Brigade Ammunition Column, Canadian Expeditionary Force, on April 20, 1916. He was 18 years old and single. On his Attestation Form he is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, with grey eyes and brown hair. He identified his religious denomination as Methodist, and his tra


The Royal Canadian Legion's Ontario Command Service Officer, Sherry Culling, will be coming to the Coldwater Branch during the week of May 29, 2017. She will be here to provide skilled advice on Veterans benefits, and Benevolent or Poppy Trust funds. Anyone who served or is still serving in the Canadian military (including Reserves & Allied Veterans) and their dependents are invited to take advantage of this free service offered by the Legion. If you wish to speak with Sherry Culling, please contact the Branch Service Officer, Randolph Rice, at (705) 739-0062, or (705) 756-2901, or by email at . You may also arrange appointments through the Branch office at (705) 6


On May 3, 2017, the Coldwater Legion lowered its flags to honour Private George Woods of Coldwater, killed 100 years ago while serving on the front lines near Vimy, France. George Arthur Woods was born on April 7, 1890, in Surrey, England, the son of Lucy (Mitchell) and John Woods. The family immigrated to Canada in 1894, and lived in Coldwater by the time the First World War began. Along with several friends, George enlisted in Coldwater with the 157th Overseas Battalion (The Simcoe Foresters), Canadian Expeditionary Force, on February 12, 1916. He was 25 years old and single at the time of enlisting. On his Attestation Form he is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, with blue eyes and br


There is no shortage of military heritage in the County of Simcoe. Most people in villages and rural communities – including Coldwater - have heard stories about local soldiers joining the army to go fight for King and Country in faraway lands. But how many are aware of the leading role played by the county in the birth and development of Canada's national air force? Indeed, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) personnel at CFB Borden are celebrating this month the 100th anniversary of military flying in Canada, something in which their base stood at centre stage a century ago. Military aviation at Camp Borden (today CFB Borden) goes back to early 1917 when a series of aircraft hangars and av

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