100 Years Ago: Trooper Murray Patterson Returns Wounded

The Intelligencer November 20, 1915 (page 5)

“Cordial Reception to Returned Hero. Despite the inclement weather yesterday afternoon there was a hearty welcome extended to Trooper Murray Patterson, of the 8th C.M.R., one of the most popular Belleville young men, who enlisted at the call of duty and was wounded at the front.

He arrived here at 2.18 per. C.P.R. and was met at the station by many of his friends and the 80th Battalion, which is stationed here. The band of the battalion was present and at the station rendered a number of popular and patriotic selections.

Upon arrival of the train, Trooper Patterson was escorted to an automobile and the procession moved off, being headed by the members of the 80th Battalion. The route of the march was by way of Dundas street, up Front street, to Pinnacle street, and thence up Victoria Avenue to Mr. D.V. Sinclair’s residence, where the returned hero will remain for a few days previous to proceeding to Winnipeg where his parents are at present.

When the soldiers reached the residence, they formed companies on both sides of the avenue and as the car with the returned soldier passed through the aisles of infantrymen, cheers rang out along the lines. The band of the battalion assembled upon the lawn and played a suitable selection as the officers of the 80th Battalion were introduced to Trooper Patterson, as he stood upon the porch of the house, which was appropriately decorated with flags. His reception by friends and comrades was a great surprise to him and was highly appreciated.”