100 Years Ago: Canadian Casualties, Recruiting, Memorial Service for Cecil Bowyer

The Intelligencer October 25, 1915 (page 1)

“Canadian Losses Number 15,187. 94 Officers, 1,635 Men Were Killed in Action. The Canadian losses in the war up to October 16th total 15,187, made up of 677 officers and 14,510 men. …

The official figures are:—Killed in action—Officers, 94; Men, 1,635. Died of wounds—Officers, 25; Men, 654. Died of illness—Officers, 6; Men, 172. Accidentally killed—Officers, 2; Men, 38. Prisoners of war—Officers, 56; Men, 1,251. Missing—Officers, 31; Men, 1,140. Wounded and sick—Officers, 467; Men, 9,660.”

The Intelligencer October 25, 1915 (page 7)

“Recruiting. Your King and Country Need You More Than Ever. A well-attended meeting of the Executive of the Speakers’ Patriotic League and representatives of the Ward Committees was held on Saturday evening at the armouries.

The Griffin House and the Palace Theatre having offered to allow a speaker each evening to address the audience at their respective entertainments on recruiting, a motion was passed unanimously accepting these kind offers and expressing thanks for same. A relay of speakers will be provided by the League, so as to have one for each evening at such performances. The speeches will be from five to ten minutes. …

The Griffin Opera House have also kindly offered to give the use of the Opera House for a recruiting meeting on Sunday evening, the 31 of October, at 8 p.m. when the band have kindly consented to be present. The Opera House should be filled to the last seat on the occasion. It was decided to hold the meeting to be addressed by Rt. Hon. Sir R.L. Borden and others at a date to be selected later.”

The Intelligencer October 25, 1915 (page 7)

“Memorial Service for The Late Cecil Boyer. One of Belleville’s Boys, who Laid Down His Life in France. At Christ Church yesterday morning, a memorial service for the late Cecil Bowyer, who was killed on the battlefield in France, was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Blagrave. A large congregation was present and the sympathetic way in which the rector spoke of the deceased was enough to touch the heart of any loyal Canadian. …

With regard to the young man whose life has been laid down, to whose memory we are holding services today: The late Cecil Bowyer was in church and Sunday School a conscientious worker, and his answer to his country’s call was a righteous and a noble answer. This is the high price he has paid and the country paid, and the higher the price is paid the higher the return will be. Thousands of noble lads have gone, and where their lives have gone there is a bit of Britain. No more noble a death could a man hope for in this world than to lay down his life for his friends.”