This list of Belleville/Thurlow men who served and died in Europe during the First World War but who are not commemorated on the Belleville Cenotaph was drawn up by Dr. Don Brearley.
Private Percy Babcock was born in Belleville on Dec 5, 1896 son of George Babcock and Sarah Prest. A solderer by trade, he enlisted in Belleville on Feb 8, 1916 and arrived in England on Oct 28, 1916 aboard the S S Northland. He served with the 2nd Battalion and was wounded in the head, shoulder and leg by shrapnel during an attack on the left of Passchendaele village. Private Percy Babcock died on Nov 6, 1917 aged 20 years 11 months 1 day.
Private Edward Roy Bean was born in Belleville on June 22, 1892 son of John Bean and Mary Leveck. Engaged in farming, he enlisted on Sept 22, 1914 in the 2nd Battalion, C.E.F., sailed for overseas aboard the SS Cassandra on Oct 4, 1914 and served in France. Private Edward Roy Bean died in hospital of shrapnel wounds on Sept 5, 1916 aged 24 years 2 months 13 days and is interred at Puchevillers, Picardie, France.
Private William Alfred Blaind was born in Belleville on Jan 7, 1878 son of Thomas Blaind and Louisa Southworth. Prior to the War, he served as the drummer of the 15th Battalion Bugle Band and also Johnstone’s Pipe Band. He enlisted at Toronto on July 28, 1915 and went overseas with the 74th Battalion of Toronto. He was severely wounded at the Battle of the Somme, was treated at the Euclid Hall Military Hospital in Toronto and later at the United States Public Health Service Hospital, a military institution in New York. Private William Alfred Blaind died on Nov 8, 1921 aged 43 years 10 months 1 day.
Corporal Lorne Alexander Blue was born in Thurlow Township on July 28, 1893 son of Neil Blue and Mary Smith. He enlisted in Winnipeg on Feb 10, 1916 and served in France with the 1st Battalion, Canadian Engineers. He was in all the big battles including Hill 60 and escaped without suffering a wound. After the Armistice he crossed the Rhine with the 1st Division and returned to Scotland on leave. Corporal Lorne Alexander Blue died of pneumonia in Glasgow on Feb 8, 1919 aged 25 years 6 months 10 days and is interred at the Glasgow Western Necropolis.
Private Charles Cecil Bowden was born in Belleville on Dec 22, 1896 son of Henry Bowden and Agnes Loft. Employed as a grocery clerk, he enlisted in the 155th Battalion on Mar 18, 1916 and sailed to England aboard the SS Northland on Oct 18, 1916. Lance Corporal Bowden requested to revert to the rank of Private so that he could proceed to France, was transferred to the 2nd Battalion and joined his Unit on Dec 9, 1916. Private Charles Cecil Bowden was killed in the Battle of Fresnoy on May 12, 1917 aged 20 years 4 months 20 days and is interred at Vimy, Pas de Calais, France.
Sapper Douglas Hanley Calhoun was born in Belleville on Jan 17, 1890 son of Robert Calhoun and Elizabeth Parke. A civil engineer by trade, he enlisted on Oct 19, 1915 and served with the 46th Queen’s Battery. While on road work in the forward area an enemy shell landed nearby and fragments nearly severed his left leg. Interred at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium, Sargeant Douglas Hanley Calhoun died on Oct 19, 1917 aged 27 years 9 months 2 days.
Major Kenneth Leon Taylor Campbell was born in Belleville on Dec 25, 1884 son of Frank Campbell and Emma Taylor; he was the grandson of Col. Campbell and Sherriff George Taylor of Belleville. He was farming near Saskatoon when he enlisted as a private on Sept 21, 1914 and served with the 5th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Kenneth Leon Taylor Campbell died on Apr 28, 1917 aged 32 years 4 months 3 days and is interred at the Ecoivres Military Cemetery, France.
Lance Sergeant Daniel Hubert Carl was born in Thurlow Township on July 20, 1897 son of Daniel Carl and Elizabeth Miller. Engaged in farming he enlisted on July 16, 1915 and embarked for overseas on May 16, 1916 aboard the SS Baltic. He served with the 80th Battalion, served in France and was promoted in rank on Oct 11, 1916. Lance Sergeant Daniel Hubert Carl was killed in action on Oct 21, 1916 aged 19 years 3 months 1 day and is memorialized at Vimy, Pas de Calais, France.
Gunner Charles David Clairmont was born in Thurlow Township on June 4, 1891 son of Charles Clairmont and Isabella Doran. A barber, he enlisted with the Canadian Field Artillery on Sept 6, 1915 and served in France and Belgium. After the battle at Ypres he was admitted to hospital in June 1916 for shell shock, was returned to the convalescent hospital in Kingston and discharged on Oct 10, 1917. Gunner Charles David Clairmont died of meningitis in Toronto on Sept 2, 1919 aged 28 years 2 months 28 days and is interred at Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto.
Lieutenant Vincent Robert Alexander Crombie was born in Belleville on June 4, 1897 son of Robert Crombie and Susan Benson. He was a clerk by trade, enlisted on Nov 9, 1914 and served with the 19th Infantry Battalion. He received a gunshot wound to the chest on Oct 12, 1918 and was treated at the 20th General Hospital in Dannes, Camiers, France. Awarded the M.C., Lieutenant Vincent Robert Alexander Crombie is interred at Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France having died on Oct 26, 1918 aged 21 years 4 months 22 days.
Lieutenant Wallace Sinclair Earle was born in Belleville on Feb 7, 1889 son of John Earle and Elizabeth Wallace. After teaching school for a year, he entered Queen’s University and subsequently worked as a land surveyor in Vancouver. In 1914 he enlisted with the No 6 Company, Divisional Engineers. In Oct 1915 he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and, while on an artillery reconnaissance mission, was shot down by the Germans near Peronne. Lieutenant Wallace Sinclair Earle died on Apr 16, 1916 and is commemorated at the Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Lieutenant James Henry Grant was born in Belleville on Oct 6, 1891 son of John Grant and Mary Mullins. He was a graduate of McGill University, a lawyer by trade and was living in Nelson, B.C. when he enlisted. He served with the 102nd Battalion, C.E.F., received a gunshot wound to the left shoulder and was treated at the Duchess Westminster Hospital in Le Touquet, France. Lieutenant James Henry Grant died of septicaemia on Dec 20, 1916 aged 25 years 2 months 14 days and is interred at Etaples Military Cemetery.
Private Austin Green was born in Thurlow Township on Apr 21, 1897 son of Daniel Green and Susan Minnie. He was a shipper by trade, was living in Toronto and enlisted on Feb 17, 1916. He went overseas with the Sportsmen’s Battalion and was later transferred to the 4th Battalion, arriving in France on Mar 9, 1917. He was first wounded at Vimy Ridge and after a short convalescence in England returned to France. Private Austin Green, of Mohawk Indigenous stock, died of wounds received in action on Sept 3, 1918 aged 21 years 4 months 12 days and is interred at Aubigny Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Private William Arthur Henderson was born in Thurlow Township on May 11, 1886 son of John Henderson and Elizabeth McMullen. He was a farmer near Avonhurst, Saskatchewan when he enlisted on Dec 22, 1915. He served with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry and embarked for overseas duty aboard the S S Olympic arriving in England on May 8, 1916. Private William Arthur Henderson M.C. died on Apr 9, 1917 aged 30 years 10 months 28 days and is interred at the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Private James Albert Johnson was born in Belleville on Apr 1, 1880 son of Mordecai Johnson and Emeline Palmer. He was united in marriage on Jan 3, 1900 to Ellen Keegan. Working as a freight checker, he enlisted on Apr 1, 1915 with the 52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Manitoba Regiment. Private James Albert Johnson was killed in action on Nov 4, 1917 aged 37 years 7 months 3 days and is interred at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Corporal George Merriam Ling was born in Belleville on Apr 28, 1891 son of David Ling and Minnie Merriam. He was a brass finisher by trade, was united in marriage on June 20, 1914 to Ida LaLonde and was living in Toronto when he enlisted on Aug 31, 1915. He left Toronto with the 92nd Highlanders and was later transferred to the Black Watch. He had previously been twice hospitalized for shell shock, received a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest and died in London on Dec 9, 1917 aged 26 years 7 months 11 days. Corporal George Merriam Ling is interred at Brookwood Military Hospital, Surrey, England.
Lieutenant William Clark McGinnis was born in Belleville on Aug 13, 1885 son of Arthur McGinnis and Jane Clarke. He was a mining engineer by trade, enlisted on Nov 22, 1916 and was serving at the Canadian Engineers Training Depot at St John’s, Quebec. He suffered repeated haemorrhages from the alimentary canal and underwent surgery at the Montreal General Hospital. Lieutenant William Clark McGinnis died on Dec 11, 1916 aged 31 years 3 months 28 days and is interred at the Belleville Cemetery Section M, Lot 4, Grave 3.
Private Thomas Frederick McHugh was born in Belleville on Feb 22, 1885 son of Thomas McHugh and Jane Maybee. He enlisted on Aug 15, 1916, embarked for overseas on Oct 17, 1916 and arrived in France on Dec 6, 1916. He served with the 2nd Battalion, C.E.F. and was hospitalized in Apr 1917 suffering a gunshot wound to the right leg. Private Thomas Frederick McHugh was killed in action on Aug 30, 1918 aged 33 years 6 months 8 days and is interred at Valley Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Private John Charles McKnight was born in Belleville on Sept 1, 1895 son of William McKnight and Mary McCutcheon. He was a printer by trade employed at the Intelligencer being a linotype operator. He served overseas with the 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion, became ill with influenza and pneumonia and was admitted to the 14th General Hospital in Eastwood, England. Private John Charles McKnight died on Oct 31, 1918 aged 23 years 1 month 30 days and is interred at the Seaford Cemetery, Sussex, England.
Captain Hubert Patterson Osborne was born in Belleville on Apr 28, 1895 son of Lt Col William Osborne and Evelyn Phippen. The family removed to Fredericton, N.B. and he was a student at Osgoode Hall studying Law in 1914. Captain Osborne left Halifax on June 28, 1916 and on arrival in England joined the Royal Flying Corps; on July 3, 1917 he arrived at the northern France and Belgium border as part of the 21st Squadron. While performing artillery observation over German lines his plane was hit and Captain Hubert Patterson Osborne died on July 7, 1917 aged 22 years 2 months 9 days and is interred at Perth Cemetery, Belgium.Private Hector Cameron Roy was born at the farmhouse in Thurlow Township on June 5, 1884 son of John Roy and Agnes Ray. He removed to Winnipeg where he was employed as a chauffeur and enlisted on Mar 21, 1916. He had 5 years military experience with the Winnipeg Rifles, embarked aboard the S S Scandinavian on Apr 16, 1917 and arrived in France on Nov 1, 1917. Private Hector Cameron Roy died on Mar 24, 1918 aged 33 years 9 months 19 days interred at Vimy, Pas de Calais, France.
Private Sidney Sanford was born in Thurlow Township on Nov 6, 1888 son of Simon Sanford and Annie McLean. He was employed as a farmhand at the outbreak of War, enlisted at Belleville on Jan 7, 1915 and embarked for overseas on June 24, 1915 aboard the SS Missanabie. He served with the Eastern Ontario Regiment, 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Private Sidney Sanford died on Sept 17, 1916 aged 27 years 10 months 11 days, interred at Vimy, Pas de Calais, France.
Lance Corporal Wilbur Charles Vandervoort was born at Belleville on Jan 20, 1893 son of Charles Vandervoort and Frances Roblin. He was employed as a telephone lineman with Bell Telephone in Toronto and enlisted at Valcartier, Qc on Sept 22, 1914. He embarked for France on Jan 27, 1915 and served with the 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Lance Corporal Wilbur Charles Vandervoort died on Apr 24, 1915 aged 22 years 3 months 4 days interred at Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial, Belgium.