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James LeRoy Telfer
Pte. James LeRoy Telfer, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Telfer, 103 Darling St., was another of Brantford's soldier sons who accidentally lost their lives while serving in Canada. Pte. Telfer was killed four miles south of Gravenhurst, November 6, 1943, when a military car struck a bridge guardrail and plunged into the Kahshe River. He was returning to Camp Borden in the course of duty escorting a prisoner. After the car plunged through the rail, it bounced off the rocks at the bottom of the steep drop and went into 12 feet of water. Pte. Telfer was brought to Brantford where he was buried with full military honors in Greenwood Cemetery. Born in Brantford, December 26, 1918, he was educated at Central School and the Collegiate Institute. After his school days he was in business with his father at the Brantford Pattern Works. He was an active member of Central Presbyterian Church and one of the original members of the Brantford Boys' Band from 1932 forward, as a trap drummer. He also played with local orchestras. In January 1941, he enlisted with the Ordnance Corps in Toronto and took a special course in driving and general operation of army motor vehicles. He also spent some time training at No. 20 C.I.B.T.C., Brantford.