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100 Years Ago: Reported Death of Leo Ross, Gunner Gomes Killed in Action, Victoria Day Plans

The Intelligencer May 19, 1915 (page 1)

“No Official News of His Having Been Killed Has Been Received to Date. Mr. J. Ross, father of Leo Ross, who was stated in a letter from the front to have been killed, received the following letter this morning from the Adjutant-General:—’Name of Gunner, J.L. Ross, 1st Artillery Brigade, has not appeared on any official casualty list received at military headquarters to date. So far as is known he is still serving with the corps. Any casualty will be telegraphed to you as soon as received. Adjutant General.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1915 (page 7)

“Batteryman Killed At the Front. Word has been received in this city that Gunner M.A. Gomes who went from this city with the 34th Battery, has been killed. His death was the result of a shell bursting beneath the horse he was riding. The victim was twenty-six years of age, and was born in British Guiana. He attended the Ontario Business College here and was for some time night clerk at the Grand Trunk Railway station. He left his city with the 34th Battery and went to the front with the First Contingent. The news of Gomes’ death is much regretted by those who knew him.”

[Note: Gunner Manuel Antonio Gomes died on April 26, 1915. He is commemorated on Page 16 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 19, 1915 (page 8)

“Military Field Day, Victoria Day, May 24. As the 39th Battalion is likely to be ordered to the front at once, the Citizens Celebration Committee has made arrangements for a Grand Re-union and Military Field Day for the officers and men of the 39th Battalion and their friends from their own home district, to meet at the Driving Park on Victoria Day.

The committee will perfect arrangements to-night. There will be military manoeuvres by our fine regiment, which is in good shape now for the front, as well as manoeuvres by the Boys Cadet Corps. …  Get busy to extend to the 39th a splendid farewell.”