Part Two for Summitview Public School history
“Killed in Action” were words used in 1917 about the Stouffville Boys who gave their lives in the Great War. The boys were former students at Summitview when it was called Stouffville Public and Continuation School. The village of Stouffville was well connected and the grief was felt by a large community of people, some related and some neighbours. It was a very sad day when those words were said.
The boys who volunteered for the front faced hard times early on in the war.
Private Thomas Egbert “Bert” Trull, died in England, Feb. 15, 1915. He was our past Sovereign Bank manager (1904). He served as a stretcher bearer at the front. Trull was sent back to England to address his severe sickness. He enlisted on Sept. 22, 1914, age 30. Less than 5 months later he died.
Private Ross Pipher was missing and died in Langemarck, France age 20 on May 2, 1915. He is buried near Ypres at Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium. Pipher was born in Stouffville on Feb. 14, 1895. It was known then as Stouffville Junction. His father was Leonard Pipher a teamster who moved to Toronto.
Private William “Willie” Frederick Hutchinson died during his second term of service. He died Sept. 19, 1916, age 25. Hutchinson is buried in Adanac (Canada backwards) Military Cemetery, France. Plot II. C. 16. He had served with his brother, Sydney.
Private Joseph Ross Widdifield was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Widdifield, veterinary surgeon of Stouffville. He died Oct. 2, 1916, age 35.
Private Floyd Elwood Davis wounded in battle, died Oct. 8th, 1916 age 24, at Courcelette, France. His twin sister was Flossie Davis born June 21, 1892. He had been an employee of the Timothy Eaton Co., Toronto. Davis is buried in Pas De Clara, France at the Vimy Memorial.
Private Frederick Leo Jennings gave his life at Vimy Ridge April 9, 1917. He was killed in action during the attack on Farbus Woods. He was the son of Jacob T. Jennings. Frederick Jennings was born July 11, 1892. He enlisted 18 months after he was married to Fern “Lillian” Saunders. He is buried in Nine Elms Military Cemetery, plot I. C. 24. The old wooden cross which once marks the spot was replaced and has a Canadian Military Marker with a maple leaf.
Oct. 14, 1917, Reeve James H. Ratcliff unveiled the Honour Roll of Stouffville Boys who gave their lives for this country. Reverand Sievenpiper was called upon and eloquently eulogized the men who had died and who were still dying on the front for the cause of freedom. He hoped that the day would soon arrive when the Allied cause would win the Great War.
The meeting closed with a benediction and the National Anthem (God save the King).
We will remember them.