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NotesInformation provided by a family member states that William was born on the 4th Concession of Saugeen Township. He lied about his age in order to enlist. He came home after having been wounded and gassed. He received an enlistment grant of $15.00, paid to the young men who joined up for active overseas service.
Sources & Linksa) Bruce Remembers feedback, 22 February 2010;
b) Bruce County Genealogical Society Surname Collection (obituary for William Cairns);
c) Saugeen History Hunters. “Roots and Branches of Saugeen, 1854-1984: a history of Saugeen Township.” [Port Elgin, Ont.]: Saugeen History Hunters, 1984.
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The Port Elgin Times, 12 September 1923
William Cairns and family
Port Elgin Times, May 2, 1917, p.1