100 Years Ago: Card of Sympathy from Prime Minister, Memorial Altar Vases Dedicated at Christ Church, Memorial Service for Two Soldiers at Baptist Church, Nursing Sister Merle Lazier a War Bride

The Intelligencer October 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Words of Sympathy. Mrs. Harold Prest, whose husband, Pte. Harold Prest, was recently killed in action, has received from Ottawa a card of sympathy, which reads as follows: ‘The Prime Minister and members of the Government of Canada, send their deepest sympathy in the bereavement which you have sustained.”

The Intelligencer October 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Memorial Altar Vases Dedicated in Loving Memory of Two Brave Young Soldiers. The annual Harvest Festival services of Christ Church were held yesterday with Holy Communion services at Christ Church and St. George’s at 8 a.m. and Choral Communion at 11 a.m. The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion, flowers being provided in abundance. …

An interesting feature of the morning’s service was the dedication of two beautiful vases for use on the altar, presented by Mrs. Charlotte Carroll in memory of her son Horace, and his dear friend, Reginald Smith, both of whom were killed in action in France. …

Following are the inscriptions: ‘In memory of Lieut. Reginald Smith, 77th Battalion, Ottawa, killed in action May, 1917, battle of Vimy Ridge.’

‘In memory of Lieut. Horace Y. Carroll, 77th Battalion, Ottawa, killed in action October, 1916, battle of the Somme.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 1, 1917 (page 7)

“Memorial Service at Baptist Church. A large audience was present in the Baptist Church last night, when a solemn memorial service was held to commemorate the death, in action at the front, of two of the boys of the Baptist Church and Sunday School—Raymond Hudson, missing since Sept. 15th, 1916, and now presumed dead, and Harold Prest, whose death was reported last Wednesday.

The pastor, Rev. Chas. Geo. Smith, B. D., conducted the service. …  Speaking of the two Sunday School scholars, Mr. Smith said that Raymond Hudson was a scholar in Miss Lounsberry’s class and was one of the first to enlist when the war broke out. He was in the attack on the sugar refinery at Courcelette on Sept. 15th, 1916, and has been missing ever since. …

Raymond was only 21 years of age when he gave his life for Canada and the Empire. He wrote home to his mother faithfully every week right up until the day before going into his final fight at Courcelette. In his last letter he said: ‘Do not worry about me, Mother, for if I am killed I am not afraid to die, for I am trusting in God and my Saviour, Christ Jesus.’

Harold Prest, said the minister, grew up in this church and Sunday School from a little boy, and all his family are associated here. He passed through all the Sunday School grades from the primary department to the young men’s Bible class. …  He was a bright scholar and a faithful attendant for many years. Harold was devoted to his mother, and not a week passed but she received a newsy letter from him full of cheer and hope. In one of his last letters home he confessed his faith in Christ in a most manly and sincere way and bade his mother not be anxious for his welfare as he was hopeful of coming through safely and returning home at the close of the war. …

Truly we can say, as we realize our privileges of blessings today with a great sum, these boys obtained for us this freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the British Empire. Let us prove worthy of that freedom so dearly bought. So shall we truly revere the memory and pay tribute to the gallantry and self-sacrifice of our dear departed boys.”

The Intelligencer October 1, 1917 (page 7)

“Belleville Lady a War Bride. Another popular young Belleville lady has joined the ranks of the war brides. A cable from London announces the marriage there of Nursing Sister Merle Lazier, daughter of Colonel T. C. Lazier of Edmonton, formerly of this city, to Captain Lorne Tyrer, C.A.M.C.

Nursing Sister Lazier left Belleville more than a year ago to nurse the wounded, having obtained a commission in the Canadian Army Medical Corps, and was stationed at Salonica, Greece, remaining on duty there for some months, returning later to England.

Miss Lazier was very popular with her many Belleville friends, who are pleased to join in hearty congratulations and best wishes.”