Alexander Eccles

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Unit at enlistment: 
176th Battalion
Volunteered or conscripted: 
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery, Paris, Ontario
Commemorated at: 
Sacred Heart Church (Paris)
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Birth county: 
Birth city: 
Address at enlistment: 
Paris, Ontario
Next of kin address: 
Paris, Ontario
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Religious denominations: 
Roman Catholic
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Letters and documents

BX October 11, 1918

The death took place Monday night at his home on West River Street of Mr. Alexander Eccles, a highly esteemed resident of Paris for the past seven years, in the 53rd year of his age.  Mr. Eccles was born at Preston, England, in 1866, and went as a child to Blackburn, Lancashire, England, where he grew to manhood, and was married to Miss Isabella Crook, in 1889, where he lived until he came to Canada in 1911.  For six months he made his home in Ingersoll, and then came to Paris, where he resided since, and by his genial manner and upright life had gained the confidence of everyone.  He was a tailor by trade and for two years was employed by Mr. D. MacTavish, since which time he was in business for himself as a merchant tailor.  When war broke out Mr. Eccles was very anxious to do his bit, and after a number of unsuccessful attempts to join overseas forces, three years ago he enlisted for Home Defence, being stationed at the Welland Canal for seven months, where he contracted rheumatism, which weakened his heart, and for the past two years he has been practically an invalid.  Last Wednesday night he was taken down with influenza, which in his weakened condition, he could not throw off and despite everything that could be done he passed peacefully away to the Great Beyond.  Mr. Eccles was a member of the Church of the Sacred Heart and a strong temperance man, being a charter member of the I.O.G.T.  He leaves to mourn his loss besides his sorrowing wife, one daughter, Mrs. Harry Tucker of Paris, and one son, Pte. John Eccles, who is lying very ill in the St. Bartholomew Hospital at London, England, after service in France, as well as three sisters, Mrs. Lister, Mrs. Keeler and Mrs. Strong in England, to whom the sympathy of the town goes out in their sorrow.  Mr. Eccles has given his life for his country as truly as any man who has laid down his life on the battlefields of France. The burial took place from his late residence, West River Street, to the Church of the Sacred Heart and thence to the R.C. Cemetery. 

Note: Not Considered Brant County War Dead

Note: Not Considered War Dead by the CWGC