Lieut. Cowley Billeted at Home of French Heroine
St. Thomas Journal Oct. 20 1915
Mrs. W.J. Green has received a most interesting letter from her brother Lieut. Charles B. Cowley, of the Princess Patricia Light Infantry. It was written in France on Oct. 1 just two day before he was wounded and sent back to England to recuperate. The letter reads as follows:
Princess Pat's in Reserve
I have been having quite a time during the past week. A few nights ago I was hurriedly ordered to take my platoon with haste to a particular portion of the line from the point where we were in reserve.
Mlle Marcelle Semmers
As a matter of fact I am billeted in the house of a French heroine who is a modern Joan d’Arc and has been greatly honoured and decorated as a chevalier de legion d’honneur. I believe that she is receiving a military cross from our people. What she did was to close a bridge so the enemy couldn’t cross the river. Then she opened some locks and flooded the country, and by this she located a German battery. She also nursed some wounded soldiers. Her name is Marcelle Summers [Semmers].