100 Years Ago: Cecil Bowyer Killed in Action

The Intelligencer October 15, 1915 (page 3)

“Belleville Boy Killed in Action. Mr. John T. Boyer, who resides on Myers street, Belleville, this morning received a telegram from militia headquarters, conveying the sad information that his son, Cecil Boyer, had been killed in action at the front.

Deceased, who was 19 years of age, left here over a year ago as a member of the 15th Regiment, and went to the front with the First Canadian Contingent. Cecil was a young man well known in the city, and had a large circle of friends. He was the eldest son of Mr. Boyer. Only yesterday a letter was received from him from the front, in which he expressed himself as being well, and looking forward to receiving gifts from home. He also stated that life in the trenches was as bad as had been represented by some. The sympathy of all citizens will be extended to those bereaved.”

[Note: Private James Cecil Bowyer died on October 3, 1915. He is commemorated on Page 6 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]