100 Years Ago: Memorial Service for Former Members at Bridge Street Church

The Intelligencer April 2, 1917 (page 1)

“Yesterday morning special memorial services were held in the Bridge St. Methodist church for Lieut. Ernest Donald Wallace and for William Harold Boyle, both boys of the church, who gave their lives in the service. Lieut. Wallace went overseas with the first contingent, and spent two years in active service in France, when he returned to England and took up work in the Flying Corps, and while engaged in these duties he was killed by accident.

Mr. Harold Boyle was also one of the Bridge St. boys, and was a member of the 20th Battalion, and lost his life on active service in France. The ceremony was one of the most impressive ever held in the city. Lieut. Col. A. P. Allen was present with the 254th Battalion, to pay a tribute of respect to the memories of the boys who had died. The 254th Band, under the leadership of Lieut. Hinchey, rendered two splendid selections; one, ‘The Psalms,’ the other ‘Funeral March,’ Chopin. …

Special reference was made to Lieut. Wallace by Mr. F. E. O’Flynn, who was for many years assistant superintendent of the Sunday School, and was intimately associated with Lieut. Wallace in church matters. …  He closed with a tribute to the mother, and quoted ‘Little Boy Blue,’ expressing a wish that the memories of the young man who died, and the thought that he gave his life in this great work, would soften the burden of the loss. …

Mr. F. S. Deacon, who was teacher of the Young Men’s Bible Class to which Harold Boyle belonged, spoke of the associations in the school, of the parting banquet given to the boys when Harold Boyle went away, and referred feelingly to many circumstances connected with the life of the deceased. He also referred to Mr. Clifford R. Burrows, another of the boys of the church, who had given his life for Home, Flag and Country.

With the congregation standing, the band played the ‘Dead March in Saul,’ and the beautiful service was closed with the benediction by the pastor.”

[Note: Private Clifford Robert Burrows died on June 2, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 62 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Harold Boyle died on September 26, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 57 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Lieutenant Ernest Donald Wallace died on March 27, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 344 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]