100 Years Ago: Belleville Casualties, Arthur Johnson and Ernest Geen Promoted

The Intelligencer September 28, 1916 (page 5)

“Belleville Boy Wounded. Mr. D. Carlaw, who resides on Alexander street in this city, has received a message that his son, Douglas, had been seriously wounded and his condition was such that fatal results are expected.

Died from Wounds. A message received in the city this morning conveyed the sad intelligence that Corporal Robert John Bell had died from wounds received while in service at the front. The young man was a son of Mr. John Bell who resides in the country, adjacent to the city. The corporal enlisted here and has been overseas some months.”

[Note: Sergeant Robert John Bell died on September 16, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 53 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 28, 1916 (page 5)

“Belleville Boys Are Promoted to Lieutenants. Corporals Arthur L. Johnson and Ernest Geen, of the 21st Battalion, C.E.F., have been promoted to Lieutenants, as a mark of appreciation for hard work since going to the front. Lieut. Johnson’s friends will be glad to know he has entirely recovered from a wound received by a sniper’s bullet.

Lieut. Geen has been in the trenches for over a year and thus far has not received a scratch. He is now on a furlough and may be in Belleville in the near future.”