100 Years Ago: William McCafferty Laid to Rest, Charles Eves Killed in Action

The Intelligencer May 6, 1916 (page 2)

“Laid at Rest With Military Honors. The remains of the late Private Wm. McCafferty, member of the 80th Battalion, who died here on Thursday as the result of an attack of pneumonia were this afternoon buried with full military honors.

Deceased was a young Scotchman, and had no relatives in this country. During his fatal illness, everything possible was done for him and every respect was shown the remains as they were lain away in Belleville cemetery.

At 2 o’clock, Rev. Chaplain Ketterson of the 80th Battalion conducted appropriate burial services at the Belleville Burial Company’s undertaking establishment, and he also officiated at the burial.

The 80th Battalion, under command of Col. W.G. Ketcheson, was out in full strength, also firing party and the fine band of the Battalion in command of bandmaster Lieut. H.A. Stares. The band followed the firing party carrying reversed arms. A funeral march was played and to the slow trend of the battalion the cortege proceeded down Front street and across the lower bridge and thence to the cemetery.

Hundreds of citizens and many from the country who were in the city witnessed the solemn procession as it proceeded on its solemn wend to the city of the dead.

The bearers were six comrades of the deceased namely, Privates Miller, Troumbly, Thom, Burdell, Day and Lomab. At the cemetery after the committal services by Chaplain Ketterson, a volley was fired over the grave and the last post sounded by bugler Kellwain.”

[Note: Private William McCafferty died on May 4, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 122 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 6, 1916 (page 2)

“Killed in Action. Mrs. Charles Eves of 13 Harriet street, received word that her son, Charles, had been killed in action on the 24th of April. He was a Belleville boy, but enlisted at Edmonton. He leaves a wife and little child.”

[Note: Private Charles Eves died on April 24, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 84 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]