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The TALES you probably never heard about



Hit in the Arm with Shell Fragment

[Welland Telegraph, 6 June 1916]

Will Go back to France. However J. Barratt of Welland, an employee of George T. Wright, was wounded in action on May 1st, by being hit on the arm with a shrapnel fragment. Fortunately he will not lose the arm and he is now resting nicely in a hospital in Aberdeen, Scotland.

In a letter to Mr. Wright dated May 16, he says:-

“I guess you will be wondering why I have not written before. I have been back in England two weeks now. I got wounded on the first of May. A piece of shrapnel hit me on the arm, and it went in to the bone. I had to have an operation to get it out. So I was lucky enough to get back to England. I am in Aberdeen, Scotland, at the hospital, and expect to leave this week to go home on sick leave and then go back to France.

We were in a heavy bombardment when I got wounded. The Germans put over every kind of shell they had. By the time they finished we had no trenches or dugouts left. At night they came over to see who did not get back alive. Well I do not know which address to give you just now, because I shall be moving around. I will let you know when I get settled again.”


[Welland Telegraph, 4 July 1916]

The 176th battalion was notified on Thursday afternoon to go into camp at Camp Borden tomorrow. As a consequence the barracks at Welland, Niagara Falls, Thorold and St. Catharines will be vacant after tonight.

Lieut.-Col. Sharpe, who went to Algonquin Park to recuperate, was summoned home on Friday. He should really have had a longer rest for he is not yet fully recovered but came back to superintend the moving into camp.

All Welland should turn out in full force to give the boys a hearty send-off.


[Welland Telegraph, 4 July 1916]

The departure of the 98th battalion this week to complete their training will touch more homes in the county than any other event since the beginning of the war. It is our first complete battalion and its officers and men are from our own soil.

It is a matter of regret that Welland will not see the battalion on their trip to the east. The boys will go by special train to Niagara Falls on the Michigan Central, and their train will then be transferred to the Grand Trunk to go through St. Catharines and Hamilton.

The city of Niagara Falls is arranging to give the battalion an ovation in which Welland will participate. Mayor Crow and other prominent men will be present to say good-bye officially.

The ladies of Niagara Falls will give to each soldier an elaborate lunch and the city will present tobacco and other gifts.

The Telegraph is not permitted to state when the battalion will leave or its destination.



[Welland Telegraph 4 July 1916]

Mr. and Mrs. George Schram, in a letter r eceived yesterday morning from their son, Pte. Ray Schram, now in England with 86th Machine Gun battalion, learned that their son, Lorne, had been taken prisoner by the Germans. In view of the fact that they had not heard from the boy since May, they had grown to fear that something had happened. Mrs. Schram, who has long been an invalid, was quite overcome on receipt of the letter Monday morning and her condition is critical. A third son, Leland, only the night before had said good-bye to his parents, preparatory to departure for overseas with the 98th.

Lorne, who is a marksman of the first water, went to the front with the Mounted Rifles and was soon given a post as sniper. Because of his skill with the rifle he made a success of his position, and when he went out of action a month ago he had many German scalps to his belt.

All Welland has good wishes for the young man and for the home where proud and loving hearts await his return.


Former Wellander Killed

15 May 1890-12 September 1916

[People’s Press, 26 September 1916]

Word was received on Saturday by Henry Hederick from Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Tate, 69 Lakeview Ave. Toronto, announcing that their second son, Mervin Tate, had been killed in action in France. The family were residents of Welland town for about 15 years, during which time Mr. Tate was employed by M. Beatty & Sons. Ten years ago they moved to Toronto. Mervin Tate, who was about 26 years old, had only been in the trenches a short time. His younger brother, Fred, who was born in Welland, has been in the trenches as a sniper for some months. Mr. and Mrs. Tate will have the sympathy of their many friends here in the loss of their noble son.


[Welland Telegraph, 30 May 1916]

This a picture of Charles H. Osborne who was wounded in action on April 23rd and who on the day following gave up his life for his country. He was born at High Barnett Hertfordshire, England, with his wife he came to Canada three years last March. For ten months he was employed by the Hamilton Sewer Pipe Company, then he came to Welland to join the furnace staff of the Union Carbide Co. He enlisted in Welland on the 24th of last July and left for Niagara Camp on July 27 to join the 76th battalion. He joined with the battalion on the first day of October. After a winter spent at Shorncliffe he had gone on the firing line only six weeks before he was wounded. He had two brothers and two nephews wearing the ? colors so the Osborne family was well represented.

Private Osborne leaves a widow in Welland and a handsome manly son aged three years. As a husband and father he was an exemplary man and the summons of death has left a great loss in the home that he adorned.

*Note: According to his military records Charles died on April 23rd, the same day he was wounded by shrapnel and is buried Vlamertinghe, Military Cemetery, Belgium.



Was One of Welland Countys Best Known and Most Esteemed Citizens


[Welland Tribune, 5 December 1916}

Many friends throughout the County of Welland will deeply regret to hear of the death of A.H. Kilman of Ridgeway, which occurred at his home on Saturday, Dec. 1st, 1916. He was stricken with paralysis and only survived a few hours after the stroke.

The deceased was one of the most highly respected citizens of the county, and was noted for his great business ability, uprightness in all his dealings, and a friend to everybody. He was born in the Township of Stamford in 1853, and was therefore in his 63rd year. He attended Welland High School, and graduated Ann Arbor University, Mich. After his graduation he returned home to his native township where he taught school for a time, afterwards moving to Ridgeway, where he accepted a position as teacher in the Ridgeway public school, which position he held for a number of years, resigning the position through ill health. After regaining his health, he went into business for himself at Ridgeway, taking up fire insurance conveyancy, notary republic &c., and built up one of the most successful businesses in the county. He was also township clerk of Bertie for a number of years; was also secretary treasurer of the Bertie and Willoughby Fire Insurance Co.; county auditor for a number of years.

The deceased was a deep student of entomology, and had one of the finest collections of beetles and butterflies in Ontario, having a collection of different species from all parts of the world; and was also a taxidermist of some ability. He also took a deep interest in art, and for some years was judge in the art department at Welland County Fair and other places. His collection of insects was sold to the Ontario Agricultural College a few years ago. In politics he was a life-long Liberal.

He is survived by his wife and two children, Leroy of Buffalo and Zella; and a brother and sister, W.O. and Mrs. Spencer of Chicago.

The funeral will be held today from his late residence at 2 p.m. to Ridgeway Cemetery.

Died: 2 December 1916 (Death Registration)


[People’s Press, 11 April 1916]

Mr. G. W. Spencer of Little Current, Manitoulin Islands, has been shaking hands with his old friends in Welland, but says he finds few of the old boys left. Mr. Spencer was station agent at the G.T.R. “nigh” on 30 years ago, but still retains his youthful vigor and is enjoying life as in “ye olden days”. After leaving Welland he was some years manager for the firm of Morwood & Hagar who carried on an extensive lumber business at that place, being owners of Lacloche Island. Both members of the above firm are now deceased, their mills at that place being destroyed by fire some years ago. Mr. Spencer has become one of Little Current’s solid citizens, and has held numerous offices, being license inspector at one time-but the island has been dry for some years with the exception that there is plenty of good water surrounding it. A railway now connects the island with the main land which makes it very convenient for the populace. There are two hotels in the village doing a nice business. He has been assessor for the village and says that there is one thing they have Welland beat on, and that is their taxes- “only 43 mills this year,” but no doubt Welland can raise them a “point or two” on the assessment.


Late John Henry Roth

[People’s Press, 11 April 1916]

A sad death occurred on Friday morning at 5 o’clock of John Henry Roth at his home, 15 Garner Ave., after a long illness of heart trouble. Deceased was 43 years, 11 months and 24 days old. He leaves to mourn their loss, his widow (nee Mary Green), one son, Roy, aged 7 years and daughter, Gertrude, aged 12, also his mother and one sister, Mrs. E. Day of Welland. Funeral took place on Sunday at 10 o’clock, April 2nd by the Rev. Mr. Cunningham and from thence to Bridgeburg where burial took place at Greenwood cemetery. The pall-bearers were six brothers-in-law of deceased at the house and the A.O.F. acted as pall-bearers at Bridgeburg. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.

Died: 31 March 1916


Late Mrs. F. Mead

[People’s Press, 11 April 1916]

The death occurred in the Welland County hospital on Thursday, April 6th , of Sarah, beloved wife of Frederick Mead, 54 Mill St., after only a short illness, at the age of forty years. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Goodman of Welland, three sons; Walter of the 86th Battalion, Hamilton, and Thomas and Harry at home.

The funeral was held Saturday; service was conducted at the residence at 12.30 noon by Rev. Thos. Cowan and interment was made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mr. Mead and family wish to thank friends and neighbors for kindness and sympathy in their recent bereavement.