COLDWATER REMEMBERS PRIVATE WILLIAM CASWELL & JOSEPH BORROW

On September 30, 2018, the Coldwater Legion lowered its flags to half-mast in honour of Private Joseph Borrow and Private William Caswell, M.M., of Coldwater. Both were killed in action 100 years ago while serving on the front lines in France. They were the last two Coldwater soldiers to be killed in action during the First World War. PRIVATE WILLIAM THEODORE CASWELL William Theodore Caswell was born in Coldwater, Ontario, on February 1, 1884, the first son of Lorenzo and Annie (Murray) Caswell. On July 30, 1915, he enlisted in Vernon, B.C., with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was 31 years old and single. On his Attestation Form he is described as 5 feet 8½ inches tall, with brown

REMEMBERING L/CPL WILLIAM RUSSELL MIDDLETON, D.C.M.

On September 29, 2018, the Coldwater Legion lowered its flags to half-mast in honour of Lance Corporal William Russell Middleton, D.C.M., of Coldwater, who was killed in action 100 years ago while serving on the front lines in France. William Russell Middleton was born in Medonte Township near Coldwater, on October 23, 1891, the son of Isaac and Mary Ann Middleton. On February 23, 1916, Russell enlisted in Orillia with the 157th Overseas Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was 25 years old and single. On his Attestation Form he is described as 5 feet 9½ inches tall, with brown eyes and brown hair. He identified his religious denomination as Methodist, and his trade as farme

BATTLE OF BRITAIN COMMEMORATED

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, Royal Canadian Legion Coldwater Branch President, Betty-Jean Murray, and Branch Vice-President, Norm Marion, took part in the annual Battle of Britain parade downtown Barrie. The event, which marked the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, was organized by members of RCAF 441 (Huronia) Wing, 16 Wing Borden, and the City of Barrie. The parade saw a wide spectrum of participants including current members of the Canadian Forces, Veterans, First Responders and several groups of Air Cadets. Comrades Murray and Marion laid a wreath on behalf of the Coldwater Branch at the Barrie Cenotaph during the ceremony. They also laid a wreath back at the Coldwater Cenotap

INTRODUCING VETERAN GEORGE MEDLEY CAMPBELL

At age fifteen, former Sea Cadet George boarded the train to Shotley, England to join the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman aboard the HMS Ganges. His sea-legs come from following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. This boarding would lead to many ports of call: the Mediterranean; Persian Gulf; the Far East; South Africa; the West Indies; the Scottish Islands, Norway, South Africa, and the Falkland Islands. Add to these travels a Christmas spent on a diamond mine at the edge of the Kalahari Desert, four hundred miles from Cape Town. His first trip away from England was to the neighbouring European countries; then to the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. Comrade George will never fo

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