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Date: October 2nd 1916
Newspaper Article


High Tribute to Personality of Castlegar Man Paid by His Platoon Commander

J.A. Killough of Castlegar has received a letter regarding the death of his son Corp. Alfred J.A. Killough who enlisted in Toronto and was killed in the trenches through the explosion of a shell, Sept. 5. from his platoon commander Lieut. Fred B. McFarren. Killough was wounded May 20. but had [r]eturned to the firing line. The letter reads as follows:

"No. 6 platoon was in near support trenches about 50 or 60 yards behind the front line and had made what cover it could for itself. About 1.30 o'clock in the morning, an apparently very large shell exploded on the para- pet immediately above where Arthur and one of his men, named Dobson, were sleeping. They were both killed by the concussion and were buried by the dirt thrown over them by the explosion.

"Every man that could get room to work did his utmost immediately to dig them out, as they knew exactly where they were, but it was evident that death had been instantaneous.

"I would like to say that I considered Arthur the best soldier in my platoon. He was absolutely without fear in the face of great danger, and in addition was admired and loved by all his comrades, for his kindness and clean living. If he had lived he would undoubtedly have received further promotion as opportunity offered. I know that Arthur can face his maker as fearlessly as he faced the enemy and that he has well earned his great reward. He is buried behind the lines and his grave marked."

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