100 Years Ago: 4th C.M.R. Battalion Missing Troops, Rodney Newton Is Prisoner of War, 155th Leads Route March

The Intelligencer July 4, 1916 (page 1)

“Information as to Missing Troops. His Worship Mayor H.F. Ketcheson received this morning the following, which tells its own story. 4th C.M.R. Battalion. To the Relatives and Friends of those Reported Missing belonging to the 4th C.M.R. Battalion:

During the action of the 2nd-3rd June, in which this battalion took part, some of the records, including the next of kin, were lost, and this prevents us from writing you direct. We are anxious, however, to point out that although they have been reported ‘Missing’ there is still the hope that they may be ‘Prisoners of War.’

Information will not be received from the enemy for some time it is feared, concerning those captured by them.

The officers and men of this battalion wish to express to you their deep sympathy in your anxiety, which we trust may be relieved when the list of prisoners is published. If, however, they should eventually be numbered among the fallen we wish you to know that the battalion fully appreciates how nobly they fought, and we honor them in the supreme sacrifice which they have made. (Sgd.) H.D. Lockhart Gordon, Major, O.C. 4th C.M.R. Bn. June 16th, 1916.”

The Intelligencer July 4, 1916 (page 1)

“Rodney Newton a Prisoner of War. Mrs. J.S. Newton, 46 Hillcrest avenue, received this morning a card containing the following information, which locates the whereabouts of her son, who, apparently is a prisoner of war, in the hands of the Germans. The printed form, filled out by the writer, is the size of an ordinary postal card reads as follows:

Dulmen (Welf), June 4—16. I am a prisoner of war and stationed at Dulmen Weslf. My address is: Name and Christian, Rodney Clark Newton, Rank: Private, 113457. Regiment: 4 Canadian Mounted Rifles. Gefangenenlager Dulmen i W, Germany.

The above limited information will at least relieve the parents of suspense, in that Rodney has been reported missing for some time.”

The Intelligencer July 4, 1916 (page 2)

“The 155th Leads. In Camp, Sunday, July 2nd. Dear Intell.—Just a card to tell you about the route march to Kingston Mills and return Saturday—distance 16 miles.

Our battalion led the parade, and according to accounts made the best showing, by having the largest percentage in the line at the finish. Our band and battalion were complimented by Col. Hemming, and all the men were given late passes to the city as a little indulgence.

The march, on account of the heat and distance, was most trying, and it is estimated that nearly 25 per cent fell out; some dropping unconscious. In one battalion a whole company quit when their Lieutenant collapsed, and a whole band (136th) fell out. Our band was the only one with enough steam left to play at the finish, and we played ‘Hail, Hail, etc.’ Our band was given first place in the parade and finished in the best condition. 155th Member.”