Roy (standing in the photo at left) was living in Apsley when he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916 and was working as a policeman. He had grown up in the community and attended the Burleigh #2 school on Hwy 28. Garfield (seated in photo) may have been living in Peterborough when he enlisted. Payson was working as a farmer in Apsley when he enlisted in June 1918. Their father was George Washington Coones (brother of Benjamin Franklin Coones and therefore were cousins of Tom and John Coones described in last months issue) and their mother was Jessie Anne Clifford.
Garfield was injured and returned to Canada to recuperate, unfortunately he died of his injuries on January 21, 1919 and is buried in the Whitefish Cemetery near Sudbury, Ontario.
Roy was awarded a Military Medal for: “Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in that he, while acting as Platoon Sergeant in the attack in front of Avion on June 28, 1917, showed great courage and under heavy shelling and machine gun fire led his men to their objective and assisted his platoon Commander Lipsett in placing the men in the most advantages fire positions. The success of the operation was largely due to his coolness and utter disregard for self. This man has done excellent work on patrol and by his influence has stimulated a spirit of fearlessness amongst his platoon”.
Roy was injured and exposed to toxic gas during an attack. He returned to Canada to recuperate but unfortunately lost his life due the exposure to the toxic gas and died on October 8, 1918 and is buried with his brother at the Whitefish Cemetery.
Payson survived the war and records do not indicate if he was married or had children after returning to Canada. He died in Belleville, Ontario.
Zadock and Everett (photo at left) were another set of twins born in Apsley on February 9, 1898. Their father was William Hales. Both men returned to Canada.
Photo source of Apsley Women’s Institute History Book.
Isaac and Benjamin JONES were the sons of Annie Louisa Lean (1/2 sister of Thomas Lean, former owner of marina that is now The Anchorage) and Benjamin Jones. Benjamin Sr. was a blacksmith in Apsley and also a Municipal Counselor. Annie was active in the community and helped organize the Women’s Auxiliary in Apsley to raise money for the war effort, organized support boxes and knitted socks for the soldiers and eventually facilitated the establishment of the Red Cross Outpost Hospital in Apsley after the war.
Benjamin Jr. enlisted in December 1915 and Isaac enlisted in November 1916. In a letter Benjamin wrote to his friend Norman James who lived in Apsley, he described England as “this is some country believe me I thought England [was] behind the time[s] regarding their methods of farming but she is 100 times ahead of what I have seen.” Also, in the letter he mentions that “Tom and John [Coones] are up the line doing business”. He ended with that “we all agreed that we were all going back to Canada again”.
Sadly, Benjamin died in action at Vimy Ridge on April 12, 1917. Isaac died of his wounds on August 10, 1918. Both men are buried in France but different cemeteries.
No photo of them at print time