100 Years Ago: Harry Ablard Killed in Action

The Intelligencer May 10, 1915 (page 2)

“First Bellevillian Killed in Action. Mrs. Harry Ablard, who resides at 196 Dundas street, in this city, this morning received the following sad message: ‘Mrs. Harry Ablard:—’Deeply regret to inform you No. 7813, Sergt. Harry Ablard, 2nd Battalion, officially reported killed in action. Yours, Adjutant General.’

Sergt. Ablard was well known in this city, and had many friends. He was for some time a color-sergeant in the 15th Battalion, and when the call for arms was made, responded and enlisted, leaving here with the first battalion. The message conveying the news of his death has been received with deep regret. Mrs. Ablard, wife of the slain Bellevillian, is a daughter of Mr. J.K. Mitchell, gardener, who resides on the Front of Thurlow. Since the Sergeant’s absence to the front, a child has been born, making in all a family of three children.

Mr. Ablard was a member of St. Thomas’ choir of this city for many years. The rector, Rev. Canon Beamish, just lately received a letter from him, written in the trenches. It was written in a very cheerful vein.”

[Note: Sergeant Henry Charles Ablard died on April 22, 1915. He is commemorated on Page 3 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]