100 Years Ago: Clayton Pickell Killed in Action, High School Cadet Wins Wallace Robb Cup

The Intelligencer June 3, 1916 (page 3)

“Belleville Soldier Killed at Front. Mrs. Wm. Pickell, residing in Belleville, received a message this morning announcing the fact that her son had been killed in action. The young hero was known to many in this city, and left here last year with the 39th Battalion.

The official notice was as follows: Mrs. Wm. Pickell, 319 1/2 Church St., Ottawa, June 2, 1916. Deeply regret inform you 412146 Pte. Clayton Pickell, Infantry, officially reported killed in action, May 26th. Office on charge Record Office.”

[Note: Private Clayton Pickell died on May 24, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 148 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer June 3, 1916 (page 3)

“The New Crack Cadet Corps of Belleville. On Wednesday afternoon the High School Cadet Corps won the Wallace Robb Cup for all-round excellence in cadet work. …

This makes the High School Cadets the ‘Crack Corps’ of this city and one of the finest in Eastern Ontario, a fact which every citizen of Belleville interested in school affairs should bear in mind.

The High School Corps speaks for itself. It is the largest in the city having a Cadet roll of over 130. All the officers and sergeants but two of the Queen Mary Corps and the Captain of the Queen Alexandra Corps are privates in the High School Battalion. Ninety of its members have enlisted for overseas service,—fourteen of them having joined since January.

The High School has reason to feel proud of its competing corps and its success speaks well of the discipline and organization of the school.”