100 Years Ago: Robert Troup Killed, George Hearns Killed, John Drury Wounded, Munitions Needed

The Intelligencer December 20, 1916 (page 2)

“Another Local Soldier Killed. Word has been received in this city of the death at the front of Corporal Robert Troup of Belleville. ‘Bob’ as he was familiarly called, was a Grand Trunk engineer, having been running an engine in Belleville for three years and was about 30 years of age. He enlisted with the 21st Battalion at Kingston, and has been at the front for some time. He was a transport driver, and also won an extra stripe on the field.

With the death of Robert Troup also came the official notice that his brother, an officer in the Seaforth Highlanders, had been wounded. Deceased has one brother in Canada, who resides at Gananoque. He was a highly respected member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of this city, and his heroic death is sincerely regretted by his brother trainsmen.”

The Intelligencer December 20, 1916 (page 3)

“News has been received that Private George Hearns of the 80th Battalion, has been killed. No particulars as to how he met his death have as yet been received. He had been in the trenches about three months and had written letters frequently during that period.

Pte. George Hearns enlisted on November 20, 1915, and left Belleville on Saturday evening, May 13th, 1916 with the 80th Battalion to go overseas. He spent the summer in England and reached the fighting scene in the fall.

Private George Hearns was taken from the ‘Children’s Shelter’ in Belleville when he was a little boy by Mr. and Mrs. Donald Robertson of Roslin, Ontario, where he soon came to be regarded as a member of the family. He attended the Carter school on the 8th Concession of Tyendinaga where he was always a favorite with his teachers and school mates.

In the fall of 1914 he hired to Mr. George Henderson, a farmer, who resides on the 4th Concession of Tyendinaga, and he stayed with him one year, during which time he frequently visited his home in Roslin where he ever received a warm welcome. As soon as the time he had hired for was expired, he went to the home of his foster-brother, Mr. W. D. Robertson, also of the 4th Concession of Tyendinaga.

It was while he was staying there that the call of duty came home to him, and he enlisted in Belleville, November 20, 1915, leaving Mr. Robertson’s home the following Monday to begin his training as a soldier of the King. As long as he was in Belleville his friends often saw him and he visited them quite frequently and spent a happy week with them last Christmas.

Private George Hearns was 20 years of age, and a young man of handsome appearance and fine physique, and he was possessed of very pleasing manners which endeared him to all with whom he came in contact with.

Another young life laid down for King and Country given up for the principles of righteousness and justice. Although he is buried many miles away from here and those who grieve for him are not privileged to strew flowers on his grave as tokens of their affection for him. Still the memory of his noble sacrifice will ever be treasured as sacred in the hearts of those who loved him as their own.”

[Private George Hearns died on November 18, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 101 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer December 20, 1916 (page 3)

“Mrs. Emily Drury, residing in Belleville, yesterday received the following telegram which explains itself: Ottawa, Ont., 18th, 1916. Mrs. Emily Drury, 21 Murney St., Belleville, Ont.

Sincerely regret to inform you that 310949 Private John Charles Drury, artillery, officially reported wounded, December 4th, 1916, will send further particulars when received. Officer in Charge Records.”

The Intelligencer December 20, 1916 (page 5)


“The Roar of our Destroying Guns on the Firing Line cannot go on without the roar of machinery in the Munitions Plant.

The giant guns belch their unending stream of munitions fed ceaselessly from the storehouse in the rear.

Our soldiers are second to none.

Our production of munitions must exceed that of our enemies.

Munitions are the need of the hour.

Every Shell is a Life Saver. Mark H. Irish, Director of Munitions Labor, National Service Board, Canada.”