100 Years Ago: Ernest Carr Wounded, Walter Aaron Hutchinson Wounded, Ormal Aikins Killed in Action

The Intelligencer June 28, 1916 (page 2)

“The Wounding of Ernest Carr. The following message, which has been forwarded to The Intelligencer, is but another indication of the terrible work abroad:

Ottawa, June 24, 1916. Jesse B. Carr, Muschow, P.O., Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you No. 40390 Corporal Ernest Albert Victor Carr, Artillery, officially reported, admitted to North Hamptonshire War Hospital, Duston, North Hampton, June 20th, wounded severely. Amputation of leg. Will send further particulars when received. Signed, Officer in Charge of Record Office.

The unfortunate young man enlisted at Belleville, where he was an employee of the Grand Trunk Railway. He was with Gerald Spafford in whose published letters he was occasionally mentioned.

Ernest had many friends in this city, the sympathy of whom will be extended to his parents who reside at Muschow, Ont.”

The Intelligencer June 28, 1916 (page 2)

“Walter Aaron Hutchinson. The following notification of injuries to another Belleville soldier speaks for itself: Mrs. E. Hutchinson, 149 Foster Ave.

Sincerely regret to inform you 8165 Sergeant Walter Aaron Hutchinson, Infantry, officially reported admitted to Grayling Wellwar Hospital, Chichester, June 24th. Multiple wounds. Will send further particulars when received. Officer Record Office, Ottawa.”

The Intelligencer June 28, 1916 (page 2)

“Sidney Soldier Killed in Action. An official notification has been received from the Record Office at Ottawa announcing the death of Ormel Aikens, son of Mr. Peter Aikens of Sidney Township. The message states that he was killed in France on June 12th.

The brave young Canadian, who has lost his life was 24 years of age, and was born in Sidney Township. He left Belleville as a member of the 39th Battalion, under command of Col. Preston.

Deceased was a model young man, and was identified with Aikens Methodist Church where he took an active part in church work. He was an exemplary young man beloved by all who knew him, and his death is sincerely regretted by a host of friends.”

[Note: Private Ormal Roy Aikins died on June 13, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 45 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]