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The names of those from Central United Church, serving in the Armed Forces


Asher, Hugh D.
Adams, John C.
Barclay, Tom
Batterton, John
Blackwell. Edmund P.
Douglas J. Blue
Brandt, Henry A.
Brown, Douglas M.
Cawthorn, Wm. J.
Cawthorn, Robert S.
Clements, Gordon H.
Crawford, R. John
Crawford, Delmer F.
Crawford, Douglas S.
Deitch, John L.
Dickie, Melrose H.
Dickie, Richard F.
Dickie. Ross M.
Dowding. Charlotte B.
Earl, Albert D.
Epps, E. Reg.
Evans, Cecil B.
Evans, C. Gordon
Forster, George V.
Fox, Harold
Goodwillie, J. Ross
Gould, Stanley H.
Guinn, Joseph H.
Haight, Marion M.
Hales, Samuel J.
Herdman, Kenneth R.
Hill, William, J.A.
Hughes, G. Douglas
Joynt, J. Robert
Lee, Charles B.
Luke, Eric L.
Lehman, A.R. (Bill)
Lyon, Charles E.
Lyon, John W.
Mains, Thomas
Martin, Hugh M.
Martin, Harold L.
Martyn, Dorothy E.
Mason, Norman
Michener, Ralph
Michener, Keith
Middleton, C. Mack
Morris, Arnold B.
Murray, Douglas F.
Murray, Howard L.
O’Neal, John S
Pollack, John R.
Phillips, Russell R.
Phillips, Donald A.
Rasmussen, N. Virginia
Reid, Douglas, H.
Reilly, Hugh J.
Riley, Kenneth
Roach, George
Rubel, Glenn E.
Scott, Frederic, B.B.
Scott, R. Lorne B.
Smith, John D.
Smith, A. Arthur
Sutherland, Franklin
Swayze, Keith
Tapping, Earl G.
Theal, Wylie, T.
Turner, Charles, E.N.
Wade, Earl G.
Watterson, Gordon J.
Watson, Donald D.
Wing, Peter
Wing, Paul E.
Winmill, R. John
Wyatt, Charles
Zavitz, John M.


Written and composed by Capt. J .O’Shay, R.C. A.P.C.

Reg’t Paymaster, R.C.A.

Found in my late father Harold Fox’s collection.

1-When you talk of winning battles
And of units where honors due,
Don’t forget the sweating gunner
And the job he has to do.
Don’t forget it ain’t a picnic
When he leaves those shells about
And in spite of aching muscles
In the din you hear him shout

“ “ “ “ “ “ “ “

CHORUS: Get a load of this you Jerries
When you hear the shriek and wail
Dig yourselves down deep ‘cause you won’t sleep
With the third on your tail.
You can brag and sing of Deutschland
And your bloody Siegfried Line,
But you’ll eat each word because the 3rd
Will sink you in the Rhine.

2-Sure you caught Hell in the desert
Don’t forget El Almain
And in Scilly you scattered
Like leaves before the rain,
Rommel made a lot of widows
And we buried all yor dead,
When you stood at Leonforte
God, the ground was bloody red,

‘’ ‘’ ‘’ ‘’ ‘’ ‘’ ‘’.

Tune..On The Road To Mandalay

Ross, James Alway (1869-1945), Wellandport

[Grimsby Independent , May 31, 1945]

One of Niagara Peninsula’s best known businessmen, James Alway Ross, ex-M.P.P., of Wellandport, passed away on Tuesday evening, May 2nd at St Catharines General Hospital, following an illness of three months’ duration. The late Mr. Ross was born at St Ann’s on Jan. 13th, 1869, son of the late William Nelson and Lydia Tufford Ross, and spent his early years there. Upon completing his education as a teacher, he taught in the Model School at Welland, later at Wellandport, and resigned as Principal of Scott Street School St Thomas in 1896, to enter the commercial field. In 1908 he was elected member of the provincial parliament for the riding of Monck, being the first Consevative member ever elected for the riding which had been held by the late Hon. Richard Harcourt for 30 years. He was especially gifted as an orator and poet, being a member of the Canadian Writers’ Association, and the author of a volume of Poems, “Canada First,” “Dominion Day” and many other poems. Besides his sorrowing widow, Agnes K. Ross, with whom he celebrated his golden wedding anniversary two years ago, he is survived by four children. James Leighton Ross of Hamilton, Miss Eula I. Ross and Romaine Kay Ross, L.L.M., of St Catharines and Mrs Michael Solyk (Roma Kay) of Merriton, also five grandchildren.

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The Singer and His Song
[Niagara Falls Review]

The Singer and his Song and Other Poems will be a welcome guest in any home, Philosophy in rhyme–patriotic, religious, and memorial verse; songs of the seasons; songs of sentiment and of recollection; and songs of special occasion–will bring entertainment to young and old alike. Here can be found the hopes, the fears, the joys, and the sorrows which all of the human family feel but which few are able to express.

Who will not be moved by tender memories of “The Old Home Town” and The Little Old White School House”? Whose eyes will not moisten with the sentimental references to Mother, and to Father? Who will not find happiness in fond recollections of childhood days? Who will not be inspired by the loyalty and love of country to which the author had given such forceful expression? Who would not commit to memory “Love’s ledge,” and other beautiful verses to be found throughout the book?

Surely the author, in contemplating the whole broad scope of human feeling will find ready and close response from many hearts.

Beyond these considerations, the reader will feel that  The Singer and His Song and Other Poems strikes a note of optimism in living. Mr Ross had a buoyant, forward-looking attitude towards life. Although he was fully conscious of the inevitablility of the march of time, he found no sense of tragedy in the fact. He looked upon the pageant of man and nature with calm and clear-observing eyes. He frequently struck a rich Wordsworthian note, urgent with feeling and charged with moral seriousness.

It is this notable characteristic which enables Mr Ross to write with such vigor, such clarity, such mind-arresting simplicity. His poems  are both understandable and compelling.

It is published by Tower Books, Ottawa at $1.50.

Book Review
[The Guelph Daily July 5, 1950]

The Singer and His Song, and Other Poems by James A, Ross, Published by Tower Books, Ottawa, $1.50.

It is a great relief to open a book of poetry and find that the meaning is plain, the language clear and the music of the lines lilting and rhythmical. Striving to comprehend the incomprehensible may be a good mental exercise; enjoyment of the comprehensible is more pleasant.

James A. Ross, who died in 1945, has led a varied and an active life. He was in turn a school principal, insurance executive, businessman and bank manager. He represented the riding of Monck in the Ontario Legislature, and was recognized as one of Ontario’s top-flight orators. In later life he conducted a real estate and brokerage business in Wellandport. The poems in this volume have been collected and arranged by Romaine K. Ross.

Guelph readers will be especially interested in James Ross’s memorial lines on John McCrae:

“Brave John McCrae, you struck the chord,
A master hand could ill afford
One doleful note; so in our mind
Your words  will live and, living, find
Response in all, with one accord
“You are not dead, by fate’s reward
With us you live, revered, adored
More fondly loved, our hearts entwined
Brave John McCrae
“With you we fight the craven horde,
From you the sacred torch has soared
On high; it shall not be confined;
We pledge our faith, rest ye resigned
Break not your sleep, in Him
Our Lord,
Brace John McCrae!

Poems such as this which mirror the honest feeling of Canadian man of affairs, deserve a place on every library shelf.

“The Singer and His Song”
[The Express Beamsville]

There has come to hand a second volume of poems by James A Ross, native of St Ann’s was beloved resident of Lincoln County until his death in 1945.

Mr Ross was the father of Romaine K. Ross, who is for a time conducted a law practice in Beamsville and is presently a resident of Port Dalhousie.

In the forward, Romaine Ross states that his father published first volume of poems in 1920, wrote for the Mail and Empire, Star, Telegram, the Spectator Hamilton, the Standard, St Catharines, the National Home Montreal Winnipeg and other newspapers and magazines. Donald G. Fre.. compiler of the Standard Canadian Reciter, selected some of Mr Ross’s work for that volume, and the B, of Christmas lyrics, published New York City in 1937, contained a poem by Mr. Ross.

“The Singer and His Song”, Other Poems” comprises some poems of patriotic verse, song sentiment, religious and verse, songs of the seasons, of collection and of special occasions and several philosophies in rhyme.

Strongly patriotic, Mr Ross’s of Canada and the British turns up many times throughout the book. Notable are his verses “Canada” “The Union Jack” “Canada and the Empire” and the odes to Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary, and to the present Monarch and his Queen the occasion of their visit to Canada in 1939.

In “Songs of the Seasons” Ross reveals his love of nature especially in spring when the  out-of-doors called him to banks of the Chippewa at ….. time.

People who live in Canada appreciate Mr Ross’s verses pressing as they do the love of family, and of the little things a discerning and educated writes in verse sometimes, always loyal to the highest and truly Canadian in outlook. Poems strike a note that will a ready response in many especially in this Niagara district where he was widely known and respected.

Of Wellandport
To the Editor

I have read with very great interest the story of the village of Wellandport, in the August 18 issue of your valuable paper. The account given of the various places of business and the businessmen is very vivid and accurate. I note the omission of one very important fact and one of which very few small places can boast. As well as being the centre of the bygone electoral County of Monck, one of its residents redeemed the county for the Conservatives for the first time in over 30 years. I speak of one of Wellandport’s well known and high;y respected citizens James A, Ross, who resided there 54 years, coming as principal of a public school in 1891. He was married in 1893 to the daughter of Thomas H. Kay, the owner of Kay carriage works spoken of your story and whose shop stands as a garage owned by P.N. Redmond. Over the years Ross held many important positions and was highly instrumental in bringing the telephone and hydro into the village. He managed the  Sterling Bank of Canada at its Wellandport branch, promoted and managed the Empire Store Company of Wellandport and later becoming an insurance and real-estate broker. In 1902 he contested the provincial riding of Monck against the Hon Richard Harcourt who was then Minister of Education, being defeated by a small majority, and again in 1905 he was defeated but in 1908 he carried the riding. and sat in the Ontario Assembly under the leadership of Sir James Pliny Whitney, where he was quickly acknowledged to be one of Ontario’s top-flight orators. He was also an author of some note, leaving published two books of poetry and all of this time he was an esteemed resident of the lovely village of Wellandport.

Your very truly,

Mrs James A. Ross.

James A. Ross
[Compiled by ‘S’]

James A. Ross was a longtime teacher at Wellandport school. He had an insurance business, managed the Empire store, was a co-founder and manager if the Sterling Bank of Wellandport(est 1904)

From Confederation in 1867 until 1914 Monck elected a member to the province’s Legislative Assembly, basing their nomination meeting and conventions in Wellandport.

James A Ross devoted much energy to developing a railway. Work on the railway began in 1912. It extended over the Chippewa and Beaver Creek bridges almost to St Ann’s. The railway was never completed, as W.W. 1 took much of the manpower and financial strain made it impossible to continue.

James A. Ross served as M.P.P. for riding of Monck June 8, 1908-Nov. 13, 1911. He was in the Conservative party, served on the Printing and Railways committees.

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Endorse County Library Scheme

{Welland Tribune 1945}

Fenwick, Oct 27—The Maple Acre Library board of directors, met Thursday evening in the library rooms, with Miss L. De La Mater as chairman. The minutes were read by Mrs. L.S. Haney and statement of finances given by Jos. Leppert.

Mention was made of the bad condition of eavestrough on the building and a committee consisting of F. Tunnacliffe and Jos. Leppert were appointed to have new eavestrough installed. The sum of $75 was voted the Book Purchasing committee for new books.

The following schedule for caring for library during coming months was drawn up: October,Jos Leppert; November, F. Tunnacliffe; December, J. Roy Page; January, G. McGlashan; February, W. Julian; March, Mrs. L.S. Haney, April, Miss De La Mater; May, Mrs H.T. Elliot.

The main topic of discussion was the possible formation of a Welland county co-operative library association, with Miss De La Mater giving a concise report of the meetig held at Niagara Falls on Wednesday evening, attended by six of the Fenwick board. At the meeting Inspector Mowatt of Toronto, provincial inspector of libraries explained the steps necessary to form a county library association. A committee of six, representing Niagara Falls, Welland, Thorold, Fort Erie Stamford and Fenwck. was formed at that meeting to go ahead with investigation of libraries in the county as to possible support of the project. The Fenwick board expressed unanimous approval of the project and Miss De La Mater, who is a member of the committee appointed, was instructed to so  inform the committee.

Dr. Sturgeon Assumes Health Officer Duties

{Welland Tribune 1945}

Served R.C.A.F Medical Branch for 4 Years:Practised in Meaford.

First permanent medical officer of health to be attached to the Welland-Crowland health unit, Dr. L.W.C. Sturgeon arrived in the city yesterday afternoon, to take over the duties of M.O.H. here. Dr. Sturgeon succeeds Dr. A.R. Doane who had been temporary medical officer of health for Welland and Crowland for the past two years.

With several years’ experience as a medical officer of health in Meaford, Ont., Dr. Sturgeon was recently discharged from the R.C.A.F. after serving with the medical branch of that service for four years and has graduated from a special course in public health medicine from the University of Toronto.

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Dr.M. MacLean Returns From Air Force Duty

{Welland Tribune 1945}

After an absence of five and a half years, during which  time he served with the medical section of the R.C.A.F, Dr. Malcolm MacLean, who holds the rank of wing commander in the airforce, has returned to Welland. Dr. and Mrs MacLean and their three daughters, Elizabeth, 41/2, Mary, three and Catharine, four ,months, have taken up residence at 114 West Main street.

Beginning practice in the Welland district, at Fonthill in 1933, Dr. MacLean assumed the practice of the late Dr. Duncan Allison in Welland in 1935, upon the latter’s death. He held appointments as coroner for Welland county; county jail surgeon; plant surgeon for Empire Cotton Mills Ltd, and the John Deere Plow Co. and examiner for Orient Lodge, I.O.O.F. He was also a member of the Welland club, the Optimist club and served on the finance committee of the church.

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Dr. Malcolm MacLean

{Welland Tribune 1945}

After five and a half years service with the medical branch of the R.C.A.F. Wing Commander Malcolm MacLean, has received his discharge from active service and has returned to resume his practice in Welland at 114 West Main Street. Dr. MacLean has purchased this property from Mrs. W.W. Wilson and expects to have his offices ready for the reception of patients by next Monday December 3rd.


List of Those Aboard Ile De France Issued by M.D.2

[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 8 August 1945]

A list of army personnel from this district being repatriated on the Ile de France, expected to dock in Halifax either late tonight or tomorrow morning, has been issued by Military District No. 2 in Toronto. It includes the following:

Pte. J.A. Hodgson, C.I.C.; Mrs. F.J. Hodgson, 116 Aqueduct street, Welland.

Pte. R.A. McDowell, R.C.A.S.C.; Mrs. Albert McDowell, (mother), Thorold.

Pte. E. Anderson, R.C.A.S.C.; Mrs. C. Anderson, (mother), 25 Forsythe street, Fort Erie.

Gnr. A.G. Eden, R.C.A.; Mrs. D.M. Eden, (wife), R.R. 8, Dunnville.

Pte. H. Harrington, R.C.A.S.C.; Mrs. J. Harrington, (mother), Thorold.

A. Sgt. R.C. Milne, R.C.A.; Mrs. S. Milne, (mother), 185 Gilmore road, Fort Erie.

Pte. V.E. Robins, R.C.A.S.C.; Mrs. E. Robins, (mother), Wellandport.

Lieut. (N.S.), Margaret Isabelle Guildford, R.C.A.M.C.; H.E. Bartlett, R.R.1, Dunnville.

Sgt. G.I. Wood; Mrs. M.M. Wood, 22 Welland street, Thorold.

Gnr. T.H. Sheils, R.C.A., Mrs. M.G. Sheils, 10 Garner avenue, Welland. (My uncle, Thomas “Tommy” Sheils).

Pte. E.J. Vasas, R.C.A.S.C.; L. Vasas, R.R.4, Welland.

Capt. Robert Lorne Bullard, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, who will spend his leave with Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Scott, 30 Bald street, Welland.

Pte. McIlvride, Sask., L.I.; Mrs. D. McIIvride, 135 Niagara street, Welland.

S. Sgt. W.C. Phillips, C.I.C.; W.S. Phillips, 115 Park avenue, Dunnville.

Sgt. D.R. Schuyler, C.A.C.; Mrs. F. Schuyler, 27 Bertie road, Fort Erie.

Bdr. R.T. Bridge, R.C.A.; Mrs. Isabel Bridge, Port Colborne.

Pte. G.J. Davidson, Lst. Para, Btn.; Mrs. J.P. Davidson, 17 Ross street, Welland.

Pte. H.O. Peacock, 1st Para, Btn,; Mrs. Catherine Peacock, 139 Garrison road, Fort Erie.

Pte. W.J. Quinlan; Mrs. Mary Quinlan, Port Robinson.

Sgt. V.A, Rivers, R.C.C.S.; Mrs. F. Rivers, 60 Steele street, Port Colborne.

L. Cpl. E.C. Groom, R.C.E.M.E.; C.N. Groom, 2 East Main street, Welland.

Pte. L.R Wilson, Lorne Scots; Mrs. C.E. Atkins, 515 Canal street, Dunnville.

Spr. G.A. Hollands, R.C.E.; Mrs. D. Hollands, 83 Welland street, Thorold.

Sgmn. R.B. Train, R.C.C.S.; Mrs. E. Train, Fort Erie.


[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 7 November 1945]

             Toronto, Nov. 7- Prominent in legal circles, William Beardsley Raymond, K.C., died Sunday at his home 306 St. George St.

             Born in Welland, he was the son of Lorenzo D. Raymond, many years Crown Attorney of Welland. Mr. Raymond engaged for some time in civil engineering and for nine years was connected with the construction of the Welland Canal. He later came to Toronto to study law and was called to the bar in 1885 and appointed King’s Counsel in 1921.

             For many years Mr. Raymond was associated in practice with the late B.B. Osler, K.C., then with the late E.E.A. DuVernet and latterly with H.S. Honsberger, K.C. He was a charter member of the Toronto Golf Club and a member of Ionic Lodge, A.F. & A.M. He had been for some years solicitor for the Union Bank of Canada and the Union Trust Co.

             Surviving is his widow, Alexis Cromar Raymond.

Died: 4 November 1945
Married: 3 August 1909
Fontill Cemetery
20 April 1858-4 November 1945
Father: Lorenzo D. Raymond
Mother: Mary Jane Cochrane