The Lives behind the Commemorative Banners – Part 1

As November 11th approaches, the commemorative banners throughout Southampton and Port Elgin take on a special meaning but, so few know the lives behind the banners of those young men who went to war.

They were so young, many only teenagers, while others were older and more experienced and, yet, young and not so young, they all went to fight for their country and what was, at the time, for the good of the Commonwealth.

This year, 2020, is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.  In commemoration, we wanted to honour those of Bruce County who immediately stepped up to serve when war was declared.

A recognized historian, G. William Streeter (Bill), in a daunting task, has researched each one of the young men who went to war, including their personal histories, service and medical records.

In recognition of the young local men who served and, for those who never returned, Saugeen Times is privileged to be able to host a series of most of their histories that will run through to November 11th, Remembrance Day 2020.

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