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Mervin James Ferrier
LAC Mervin James Ferrier was fated to lose his life under circumstances far removed from the battlefield. Eager to serve Canada as a pilot in the R.C.A.F., it was ordained that instead he would play his part in the far less spectacular role of transport driver and chef's helper on a Pacific Coast station. On May 19, 1945, when sailing with a friend on Kathleen Lake, Smithers, B.C., a sudden squall blew up, and in an accident that followed he was fatally injured. Some days later he was brought home to Brantford to be placed in Mount Hope Cemetery, his burial service being most impressive with full R.C.A.F. honors. LAC Ferrier, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ferrier, 45 Lawrence St., was 21 at the time of his death, and he had been in the R.C.A.F. for more than two years, since February 9, 1943. He was born at Milton Heights, Ont., but had spent most of his life in Brantford. Here he attended Victoria School, and after school days was employed at the Massey-Harris Company. He was a member of Grace Church and was also interested in the Men's Club there and was in the 54th Battery, R.C.A. (Reserve).