Charles Horatio Waterous

Charles Horatio Waterous

Lieut. Charles Horatio Waterous, second son of Mrs. Waterous and the late Mr. Logan M. Waterous, 52 Lorne Crescent, was among those from this community who died in action in the hard-fought, 38-day Sicilian campaign. Born in Brantford, September 1, 1916, he attended Dufferin School and the Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School where, as a good athlete, he was a valued member of the junior football team. He continued his education at Upper Canada College. At the completion of his school career, he joined the staff of Waterous Limited. Shortly after the 54th Battery, R.C.A., left Brantford, following the outbreak of war, Charles joined the Reserve Battery, and later proceeded to an artillery reinforcement unit training at Petawawa. Promoted to the rank of first lieutenant at that camp, he went overseas to England in October, 1941, and soon after joined the 1st Anti-Tank Regiment, R.C.A., with which he served up to the time of his death, on July 26, 1943, in an engagement between Nissoria (a small town lying at the foot of a slope in the Sicilian hills where the enemy was in strong position) and Agira, eight miles away on the next crest. The battle was bitter and raged for days until, by the morning of July 28, the Canadians held the area and the long toil down the Agira Valley was ended. Twenty-six years of age when his promising career was thus terminated, Lieut. Waterous now lies buried in Agira, far distant from his native Brantford, where he is mourned by many friends made at school, in his industrial life and in his community activities. A member of Grace Anglican Church, he had also served with enthusiasm and capability in the Rotary Club.

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