100 Years Ago: Corporal Troup Not Killed, Bible of Raymond Hudson Found, Ernest Geen Returning, Hospital Supplies for French Wounded

The Intelligencer December 27, 1916 (page 2)

“Corporal Troup Not Killed. Some time ago it was announced through the columns of the Intelligencer that Corporal Troup of Belleville, had been killed in action. This evidently was an erroneous report as the following communication has been received by his brother, Mr. Alexander Troup, from the Record office, Ottawa: 59999, Corporal Troup, 21st Battalion. No record in this office, killed in action. Further enquiries will be made.

The many friends of Corporal Troup in Belleville will be pleased to learn that he evidently still is in the land of the living.”

The Intelligencer December 27, 1916 (page 3)

“Private R. G. Hudson. The following communications, received by Mrs. R. E. Hudson, of Belleville, will prove interesting reading for friends of the young man referred to.

Canadian Red Cross Society, London. 8th December, 1916. Dear Madam,—re Pte. R. G. Hudson, 622,703, 27th Canadians.

We put through enquiries some time ago regarding your son who has been officially reported missing since 15th Sept. last. A comrade, Pte. D. Weir 71745, 27th Canadians, gave the enclosed Bible to the British Red Cross Society who, in turn forwarded same to us. Pte. Weir also gave an explanation as to how he found the Bible and we are enclosing copy herewith.

We have noticed your name and address inside and therefore we were able to send the Testament on to you at once. You will of course understand that this is not proof that Pte. Hudson was killed and we are continuing our enquiries.

Now that we have your name and address, we shall only be too pleased to let you know on receiving further information. We shall be pleased to know whether you receive the enclosed safely. I am, Yours truly, M. G. Harrison.

Mrs. Hudson, 26 Hillcrest Ave., late of 42, Gt. St. James Street. Belleville, Ontario, Canada.

Havre, Nov. 9th, 1916, Canadian Infantry 27, M. Sept. 15, 1916. Hudson, R. G. 6222703. He is in A Co. I found a Bible in an old German trench behind Courcelette; they called it the Sugar trench. The Bible was lying on the floor of the funk hole, and has written in it Hudson’s name and the name and address of his mother as well as a photograph. The trench was taken on Sept. 15th, 1916; and I found the Bible about 40 days afterwards.

Informant Pte. D. Weir, 71745. 27th Canadians, C Co. Harfleur, R. D. M. Address, 9 Mordaunt Place, Brighton, Glasgow.”

The Intelligencer December 27, 1916 (page 5)


“Lieut. Ernest Geen who has been transferred from the 21st Battalion to the 254th Battalion, sailed for Canada from England on Sunday, Dec. 24th.

Lieut. Geen, left Belleville as a private in the 21st Battalion, holding rank of Lieut. in the 15th Regt.; by his faithfulness to duty he received his promotion on the field of battle some time ago.”

The Intelligencer December 27, 1916 (page 5)

“French Wounded. 44 Lowndes Square, London, S. W. December 11th, 1916. Mrs. Lazier, 186 John Street, Belleville, Ont., Canada.

Dear Mrs. Lazier:—I was most delighted to receive three cases containing such excellent supplies for the hospitals and coming from the River Valley Womens’ Institute and Roslin Institute, the Tweed Red Cross Society.

May I ask you to convey to all the ladies who so kindly made and donated these excellent things, the sincere thanks of the Committee of the French Wounded Emergency Fund, assure them that we will send the things to France as soon as possible, choosing the most needy hospitals requiring this help.

Our delegates report a great deal of distress through lack of warm clothing in Brittany and in the southeast of France, especially in the smaller towns and villages where there is no wealthy population to assist in keeping up the supplies for the hospitals, as well as hospital appliances of all kinds, which, through constant use have deteriorated very much after two years of warfare.

It gives me very great pleasure as a Canadian, to receive bales such as yours, from my own country, and I have been most gratified by the many donations sent from Canada to our work.

We are expecting this morning a visit from H. R. H. The Duchess of Connaught, who has kindly consented to become our patroness. I shall have much pleasure in telling her of the consignment received from Belleville district, and I know she is still keenly interested in all that concerns Canada and its people. Sincerely yours, C. M. Dobell, Hon. Sec. Canada.”