|Description: A white envelope containing newspaper articles. (a) An envelope with 'SAYERS' written across the front in blue ink. In the top left corner reads, 'At Point of Mailing, The Northern and Employers Group, Geoffrey H. Sayers, Suite 300, 425 university Ave., Toronto 2, Ont.' (b) A newspaper cutout regarding the deaths of two soldiers, William J. Cox, and Egerton Arthur Sayers. (c) A clipping from the Brooklyn Times, sent via special request. The white sheet contains the details of the paper, and the date - April 16 1904. The clipping is the death announcement for Charles K. Sayers. |
Charles K. Sayers was the father of Beverly Draper Sayers who married Annie Harris in 1906. According to the article Charles was the head bookkeeper at the Chelsea Jut Mills in Greenpoint and had been living Bayside, New York for 10 years before his death in 1904. He was active with the church, yacht club and YMCA and was a member of the Mason's and the Royal Arcanum.
Egerton Sayers (1890-1918) was the second son of Kate and Charles K Sayers and was the brother in law to Annie Harris Sayers. At the outbreak of the War, Egerton Sayers was living in Clarkson working as a clerk in a bank. Unlike his brother Beverly, Egerton was free of family responsibilities and joined up in 10 November 1914. While undergoing training in Toronto, he contracted the mumps and spent a month and a half in hospital. Sailing overseas in May 1915 Egerton was posted to the 19th Battalion and went into the trenches of the Western Front in September. During the Battle of the Somme, September 1916, Private Sayers was wounded by shrapnel in the arm. Returned to England, he stayed in various hospitals until November recovering from wounds received in battle. Egerton was granted a furlough and returned to Canada in February 1917. He stayed in Clarkson for two months before returning to the Front. By January 1918 he had been promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. Lance Corporal Egerton Sayers was killed in action 21 June 1918 while the 19th Battalion was occupying a defensive line. Egerton Sayers is buried in Bellacourt Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. See: Veterans Affairs Canada, _Canada and the Great War, 1914-1918_ (Veterans Affairs: Ottawa, 1998); Peter Simkins, _World War I: The Western Front_ (London: Bramley Books, 1991); G.W.L. Nicholson, _Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918_ (Scarborough: Prentice Hall, 1978).
The item is part of a box of original papers, letters, transcripts and research notes complied and transcribed by Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers. Geoffrey Sayers and his wife Kathleen (née Colloton) occupied Benares from 1969 until 1981. During that time, they acted as care takers of the estate on behalf of the Ontario Heritage Foundation. They kept a small display of artifacts in the kitchen, and opened up the house once a year to the public. He also maintained the Benares financial affairs in 1932 for Naomi (Na) and Mary, who were unable to do so themselves. Along with sisters Dora Sayers and Barbara Sayers Larson, Geoff donated Benares to the Museums of Mississauga in 1995.