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Has Bought Victory Bonds From First Issue --- More Bonds We Buy, the Sooner War Will Be Over – A Fine Investment

  Twenty-three Wolfe St. is the humble home of one of Lindsay’s most humble and courageous soldiers. It is the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Balfour and their two fighting sons, Pte. Walter George Balfour and Cpl. Melville Earl Balfour.
  Walter, who is yet in his twenties, has just returned home. He has been wounded four times. Melville, still overseas, has been wounded twice.
  Pte. Walter Balfour has the distinction of buying the First Victory Bond [illegible].
  At the same time a bond was purchased for the oldest son overseas and another bond purchased by the parents.
  What an inspiring example for other families and other people in this district to follow!
  "I bought Victory Bonds with my first savings during the first loan when I was working in Toronto – money I had saved from carrying newspapers in Lindsay" said Pte. Walter Balfour, "and I bought my last bond on the battle front in Belgium."
  "What prompted you to buy bonds while in the army overseas?" Walter was asked.
  "I realized the tremendous amount of equipment we required and the vast amount used by the fighting forces. It was all so necessary. To be without equipment would have meant defeat. The boys in the thick of the fighting all knew that this equipment cost money and like myself, they wanted to help. That is the way I trust Lindsay people will look on the buying of bonds—the ‘tools’ which Winston Churchill…" [end of record]


  Pte. Balfour enlisted in April 1943 and trained at Toronto, Brantford, Camp Borden and Kingston. He went overseas in April 1944 and in England was placed in a company with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. He went to France with the 4th armored division in July ’44 and was first wounded at Falaise Gap, when a bullet entered his shoulder. He was next wounded while crossing the Albert Canal in Belgium in September ’44 when flying shrapnel struck him in the back.
  For the third time he was wounded. This time in October ’44, shortly after returning to the front lines. The affray took place at Bergen Op. Bergen in Holland.
  This young soldier was not long in hospitals and for the fourth time he tasted enemy fire and was wounded. This time as his Company was storming across the Mass River, in Holland, a river that flows into the famous Rhine. Bursting shrapnel caught the young man in the left forearm, fragments lodging in the arm and shattering the bone. This time he was furloughed to England and home, the incident taking place in January 1945.
  Speaking of Hospital treatment, young Balfour paid a fine tribute to doctors and nurses, stating that they were right on the job and doing marvelous work.

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This card is part of a larger collection of World War II personnel clippings. The project began in 1944 at the Lindsay Library. The intent was to gather together as much information as possible on the military record and the service of people from the Town of Lindsay and the County of Victoria (now Kawartha Lakes)who served in the war. To that end, during the years 1944, 1945, and 1946, members of the public donated photographs and updated information about their loved ones. Both library staff and the public saved and donated newspaper clippings. Some of the files contain great amounts of detail, while others have just a name.
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Walter Balfour ; Melville Earl Balfour ; Melville Balfour ; W.G. Balfour
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