Source: Per email with news clipping from Jim Kelly.
Pte. Small Wounded
Mrs. D. Small received a telegram on Saturday, stating that her sone, Simon Small, has been admitted [to] Casualty Clearing Station no. 35, suffering from shell shock. Pte. Small is one of the nany Walkerton boys whoe went over with the 34th to “do their bit.”
Walkerton Telescope. October 5, 1916. Contributed by Jim Kelly.
HOME FROM FIRING LINE
Two Returned HEroes Arriave at Walkerton Bearing Scars From the Great Wold Conflict.
Two Walkerton soldiers, Gnr. Jim Leech and Pte. Simon Small who have “done their bit” in bearing the brunt of battle arrived home Saturday night and were met by a large crowd of citizens at the Station. Both men look much like their old selves but in reality both are indelibly branded by the hardships they have passed through.
Gunner Leech has been in khaki since the beginning of the war. He went over with the 16th Guelph Battery and saw long hard fighting under the bad trench conditions which prevaed at the beggining of the war. After 18th months of it he contracted a bad case of bronchitis and was sent back to England. In spite of his long service, Gnr. Leech, who is also a South African veteran, is game to go back and help finis the job if the authorities let him.
Pte. Simon Small, who is a native of Walkerton, enlisted in the 34th Batt. in 1916 and went to Endland with the second draft. In a short time he to to the ternches and saw 10 1/2 months of the real thing at the Front. He was then sent back to england just a year ago as a result of shell-shock which affected his heart. Before leaving England Simon to a trip to Wittly [sic] Camp and saw many of his old chums now in the 160th.
A publick reception will be given [to] the two returned soldiers at the Town Hall this evening at 8 o’clock.
Walkerton Telescope. September 13, 1917. Contributed by Jim Kelly.