100 Years Ago: Roy Shorts Killed in Action, Roy Stewart Awarded Military Medal

The Intelligencer July 20, 1917 (page 1)

“Private Shorts Killed in Action. Popular Young Belleville Soldier Has Made the Supreme Sacrifice for His Country. Word has been received in the city that Private Roy Shorts, who was well known here has been killed in action. The young hero enlisted in Belleville with the 39th Battalion, and went overseas last year.

Previous to enlisting he was employed in a local printing office. His parents reside at Newburg. Pte. Shorts was a young man who was deservedly popular with all who knew him, and the report of his death will be learned with deep regret.”

[Note: Lance Sergeant Roy Shorts died on July 3, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 325 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer July 20, 1917 (page 2)

“Awarded Military Medal. Mrs. B. L. Stewart, who resides at 298 Coleman street, in this city, has received a letter from her son Sapper Roy O. Stewart, which conveyed the information that he had been awarded a military medal for bravery on the field of action. Sapper Stewart enlisted with an engineer battalion at Ottawa and went overseas a year ago.

Previous to enlistment he was engaged as an electrician with the C.P.R. at Ottawa. His many friends in Belleville offer congratulations to the noble young hero.”