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Warren Chrysler Poole
Brantford was to suffer the loss of a number of her soldier sons in the last days of the Second Great War, and among them was Pte. Warren Chrysler Poole, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred C. Poole, 72 Murray St., who made the supreme sacrifice at Xanten, Germany, and so helped to clear out the Germans fighting west of the Lower Rhine and also to make possible the subsequent speedy advance of the Allies into the Reich. Enlisting in the Army in September, 1942, Pte. Poole was trained in Toronto and Fort William, Ont., Dundurn, Sask., and then in Debert, N.S., sailing overseas thereafter in June, 1944. The young soldier had commando training in Canada and moved directly into battle action without any stopover in England. He suffered wounds in August, in Belgium, and was removed to hospital in England and did not return to action until December. With his unit, the Essex Scottish Regiment of Windsor, he was in Germany in time for his birthday on February 16. Before another month passed, Pte. Poole had died and been buried at Xanten. Born in Burford on February 16, 1921, Warren attended Burford School, and when his family moved to Brantford, continued his education at Ryerson School. Afterwards, he worked at the Slingsby Manufacturing Company, Ltd., and in the shipping department of the Cockshutt Plow Company, Ltd. Quiet and reserved by nature he did not take part in many community activities but attended Balfour Street United Church and Sunday School.