Excerpt from a letter from Edna Nelson (Wife of Major G.W. Nelson) to Edith Kidd dated May 2, 1916:
“Major Emmerton’s brother Sergt. Emmerton was shot in the face and the piece of shrapnel had to be cut out of muscles of his neck. He is in England now and has lost sense of taste and smell completely. Lance Corporal Fleming of Owen Sound a fine big six-footer and really good looking chap had lost one leg. The shell that hit him killed the two men with him in Transport service.”
Lance-Corporal Fleming is most likely Edward Fleming, reg. no. 53240 who was wound April 11, 1916 from a GSW to the right leg and was do die of those wounds and gas gangrene on April 19, 1916.
DEATH OF HIS SON
Lance-Corp. Fleming’s Wounds at Front Prove Fatal
Father is in the 147th
OWEN SOUND, April 21 – Pte. George Fleming, of the 147th Battalion, received word today from Ottawa that his son, Lance-Corp. Edward Fleming, had died of wounds received in action in Flanders. He was admitted some days ago to No. 1 Hospital, France, and word came yesterday that he suffered from a complicated fracture of the leg, indicating that gangrene had set in. Lance-Corporal Fleming enlisted at Windsor.
London Free Press, April 22, 1916.