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November 11, 1942
Former Lindsay Boy Given Responsible Post in R.A.F. – Has Seen Much Action

  Mrs. Albert Barton of Guelph, and formerly of Lindsay, recently received word by cable that her son, Wallace S. Barton, Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force, has been promoted to Wing Commander.
  Although only twenty-four years old, Wing Commander W. S. Barton, D.F.C., has seen much fighting since the R.A.F. squadron to which he was attached was sent to France in September 1939. He was engaged through the Battle of Flanders and Dunkirk. It was after that action he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Shortly afterward he was granted compassionate leave and came back to Canada for a brief period. For the last year he has been in action overseas, and now has the exceedingly responsible post of Wing Commander.
  The success of this young flier will be grateful information to the local friends of himself and the members of his family. His father was head of Knitters Limited, here. His brother, Russell, also of the R.A.F., was killed just before war started, in a plane crash in England.

August 10, 1943
Squadron Leader Wallie Barton Is Missing
Was Well Known Here. Opened Lindsay Fair

  News that Sqdn.-Ldr. Wallace Barton is missing causes much concern in Lindsay. Many people will remember that Wallie opened the Lindsay Fair in the year 1940. After winning the D.F.C. for gallantry during the evacuation of Dunkirk Wallie was loaned to Canada for a short time and it was during that time that he opened the Fair.

April 28, 1944
Second in Family to Pay Supreme Sacrifice - Mother to Go to England

  Guelph, April 28 (Special) — Mrs. A. Barton, 115 Arthur St., Guelph, has been notified by officers of the RAF that her son, Wing Commander W. S. Barton, D.F.C., missing since last July, is now presumed dead.
  The message received by Mrs. Barton states that nothing has been heard of the plane or any members of its 10-men crew since it sent out a message that it was under attack by the enemy.
  Wing Commander Barton is the second member of his family to pay the supreme sacrifice in the present war, a brother, Pilot Officer Russell Barton, having been killed shortly after the war broke out.
  Shortly afterwards, the father, Albert Barton, died, and at the present time Mrs. Barton is living alone here, awaiting permission from the proper authorities to join relatives in Britain. She has no immediate relatives in Canada.

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W. S. Barton, D.F.C.
Popular young Lindsay flier, who was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander.
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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Albert Barton ; Wallace Barton ; Wallace S. Barton ; W.S. Barton ; Russell Barton
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Knitters Limited
World War II Service Files
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Page 255: Barton, Wallace S.

W. S. Barton, D.F.C.
Popular young Lindsay flier, who was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander.