Uncommemorated Bellevillians

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.

100 Years Ago: Happy New Year, Poster for Mass Meeting on Demobilization

The Intelligencer December 31, 1918 (page 4)

“Happy New Year. On the threshold of the New Year, full of promise of peace and prosperity, The Intelligencer wishes all of its many readers in this city and district and the Old Boys and Old Girls far away who still eagerly await the regular coming of the Home Paper, a very peaceful, prosperous and happy New Year.”

The Intelligencer December 31, 1918  (page 6)

Meeting on Demobilization

“The Great Question in Belleville. Demobilization and Re-establishment of Our Boys to Civilian Life. The Great War Veterans are Assisting in This Great Work. What Are You Doing? Come to the Monster Mass Meeting City Hall Thurs. Jan. 2, at 8 O’Clock Sharp.

The citizens of Belleville want a greater and larger city. The Great War Veterans do also. What is more important than retaining and attracting our boys as they return, with the broad visions and ideals they developed on the fields of Flanders to help us here in Belleville attain these desires?

Municipal Candidates Will Speak.

Over the Top at Vimy Ridge. Everybody Welcome—Better Be Early!

Vote, Support and Work for G. W. V. A. Memorial By-Law.”

100 Years Ago: New Year Wishes from Ritchie’s

The Intelligencer December 30, 1918 (page 8)

“Ritchies. Our Hearty Thanks For 1918. Before wishing you greetings for the New Year we feel it our duty to bestow thanks for the year just ending—1918: Thanks for victory, after four long years of struggle—Thanks for having lived during the year 1918, the most wonderful twelve months in history; and we thank you for your generous patronage during 1918—and by continuing our efficient merchandizing service we hope to merit a continuance of it during the New Year.

The New Year 1919 comes to us as a nation, sharing in the well earned fruits of victory—at last able to see the sun shining through the dark clouds. Surely it is a year in which to be thankful and we wish you and yours every joy and happiness that the new season can bestow upon you. May this New Year bring increased prosperity to you—to the people of Belleville and in Canada. The Ritchie Company Limited.”

100 Years Ago: Christmas in London

The Intelligencer December 28, 1918 (page 6)

“Glad Welcome to Canadians. London. Canadian soldiers have spread themselves over England’s big cities and small hamlets for a holiday. Eight days’ leave, with free railway warrant, was freely granted from the camps. London is especially crowded and lavish hospitality is provided for overseas troops. The biggest entertainment was at Albert Hall, where 2,000 Dominion officers enjoyed a variety of entertainment by leading stars, followed by tea, a dance, and supper, the whole cost being defrayed by lady supporters of the Beyond Seas Association which already has done so much to make the stay of the overseas officers in London happy.”

100 Years Ago: Invisible Wounds, Frankford Visited by Santa

The Intelligencer December 27, 1918 (page 4)

“Writing on ‘Invisible Wounds’ Capt. Arthur H. Samuels, says that the greater percentage of soldiers passing through reconstruction centres are suffering from internal rather than outward surgical injuries, men who are suffering from shell shock, for instance. They look fit. …  No small part of the keen intuition that knows how to sympathize by silence and unobtrusive helpfulness and that is so absolutely necessary in the great work of helping these men to ‘find themselves’ rests with the women of every community. If the returned man becomes discouraged and outclassed after leaving the reconstruction centres the fault will be found to rest almost invariably with the women who have sympathized in unwise rather than helpful ways. Open commiseration is often nothing less than refined cruelty and is never the best sort of help. Thus there is added another phase to women’s war work, study of the best ways of helping unobtrusively.”

The Intelligencer December 27, 1918 (page 5)

“Visited by Santa. Despite the heavy snowfall and blizzard on ‘Xmas eve, dear old Santa was seen making his way down Front street, Frankford about 8.30 with a heavy pack. Upon inquiries it was learned he was calling upon the kiddies of the Frankford soldiers overseas who would yet have to spend Christmas without ‘daddy.’ Much cheer, along with the little gifts was brought to the homes on Santa’s visit and one mother was heard to exclaim. ‘God bless you.’ The Frankford Overseas Club with the able assistance of Mr. A. E. McAllister is to be congratulated on the noble work.”


100 Years Ago: Christmas Cable from King, Ad for Shredded Wheat, William Edward Clarke Returns

The Intelligencer December 26, 1918 (page 1)

“Christmas Cable From The King. Ottawa. The Governor-General has received the following telegram from his Majesty the King, through the Secretary of State for the Colonies: Buckingham Palace, December 24, 1918.

‘Another Christmas has come around and we are no longer fighting. God has blessed your efforts. The Queen and I offer our heartfelt good wishes for a happy Christmas and many brighter years to come. To the disabled, sick and wounded we send a special greeting, praying that with returning health you may be comforted and cheered by the vision of these good days of peace for which you have sacrificed so much. (Signed) George R. I.’

To which his Excellency has replied to the Secretary of State for the Colonies: December 25, 1918. ‘I respectfully beg you to convey to His Majesty the grateful thanks of the people of Canada for His Majesty’s most gracious message and Christmas greetings. The special reference to the sick and wounded will be deeply appreciated. (Signed) Devonshire.’ ”

The Intelligencer December 26, 1918 (page 3)

“When Your Boy Comes Home you will be glad you gave the last dollar you could spare to keep him at the front and to keep him happy, well clothed and well fed. Shredded Wheat paid its heavy toll for doing a restricted business during the war and it paid it gladly. It was a patriotic privilege. Shredded Wheat is the same breakfast cereal you have always eaten—clean, pure, wholesome and nutritious. Eat it with hot milk and a little salt. No sugar is required.”

The Intelligencer December 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Returned Home. Pte. W. E. Clarke, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Clarke, who reside at 103 Cedar street, city, unexpectedly arrived home on Tuesday afternoon. Pte. Clarke left here with the 39th Battalion in June 1915, and went to France with the 14th Battalion. During his stay in France he participated in many big battles, and on the 10th of April, 1917, at the Battle of Vimy Ridge he was buried for seven hours, which caused contusions multiple. He returned to England and remained there until December 12th, 1918, when he sailed for Canada. Pte. Clarke is now in perfect health, and his many friends in Belleville are pleased to see him home once again.”

100 Years Ago: The Peace Christmas, Point Anne Bazaar, Penny Bag Collection

The Intelligencer December 24, 1918 (page 4)

“The Peace Christmas. The Intelligencer wishes every one of its readers all the joy and happiness possible this wonderful Christmas, when for the first time in four years this true spirit of ‘Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men’ can be realized to the full. After more than four years of a world war in which Canada has participated to an almost unbelievable extent, there are scars and aching hearts and Christmas firesides where the memory of the absent one who has given his life that the Christmas spirit should not perish from the earth, shadows the customary Christmas festivities. Brightening the shadow of bereavement, however, shines the proud thought of that heroic sacrifice which braved even the dark portals of death itself that freedom and liberty should live triumphant. ‘Who dies if England lives, and who lives if England dies?’ was well said, for the spirit of England, embracing as it does the whole Motherland, which for a thousand years has braved the battle and the breeze, is the embodiment of freedom and honor and righteousness to all nations.

Let us rejoice that the dark days of war are over, let us hope forever, the sacrifice has been great but it has not been in vain. …  The war has been fought and won. Let us turn our energies with as much spirit and determination into the great problems of a happy peace as we put into the task of winning the war, and all will be well.

Again wishing our readers all joy and happiness in this first Christmas of a new and better era of peace and good will,—let us all contribute our bit, big or little, to make it so.”

The Intelligencer December 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Point Anne Bazaar. On Friday afternoon a bazaar and At Home was held in the Red Cross Rooms, Point Anne, which Mr. Shock, the Superintendent of the Canada Cement works, so kindly furnishes in aid of the Red Cross work. The small tables were nicely arranged. Mrs. Don MacDonald poured the tea, and the ladies assisting in the tea room were Mrs. F. MacDonald, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. P. Bennett, Mrs. J. D. Murphy and Mrs. H. Wagar. Mrs. George Raither had charge of the fancy work table; Mrs. T. Harris attended the door; Miss Margaret Hutchings looked after the fish pond; Mrs. E. A. Teney had charge of the whole affair, which was a decided success and over sixty dollars were realized for Thurlow Red Cross.”

The Intelligencer December 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Penny Bag Collection. The Red Cross penny bag collection will not take place this week until Friday on account of Christmas as coming on Wednesday. We hope everyone will please bear in mind our former statement regarding the necessity of continuing the work for the present. This is the easiest means of obtaining funds and we must have funds to continue the work we are endeavoring to do for our soldier boys and other sufferers. Please carry on the Christmas spirit and give as liberally as you can when the collectors call on Friday.”


100 Years Ago: Grant for Memorial Home

The Intelligencer December 20, 1918 (page 1)

“Stirring and Patriotic Addresses Given at Mass Meeting. A goodly number of citizens including a few ladies assembled in the City Hall last evening for the purpose of hearing discussed the proposed debenture By-law to be submitted to the electors, granting $10,000 to the Great War Veterans’ Association of Hastings and Prince Edward County to assist in procuring a memorial home. All the speakers called upon heartily endorsed the project and a resolution was unanimously endorsed pledging support to the project.”

100 Years Ago: Remember Children’s Shelter

The Intelligencer December 18, 1918 (page 4)

“Remember the Children. Christmas is the children’s festival—in cottage and in castle they are counting the days now which separate them from the annual visit of Santa Claus with joyful anticipation. The Christmas spirit is also seizing the grown-ups and plans are crystallizing individually and collectively to make this Peace Christmas the most joyous of a lifetime.

Let us not forget the little ones who will await the coming of Santa Claus with mingled joy and fear in the Children’s Shelter—the little neglected ones who have no happy firesides blessed with the kindly influence of indulgent parents beside which to hang up their little stockings for old Santa to fill. Fortunate are they even in misfortune that there is such a kindly organization as the Children’s Aid Society to reach out friendly hands to them and provide food and clothes and shelter while finding foster homes for them. But the Children’s Shelter with all its kindly atmosphere would be cheerless indeed on that day of days without tangible evidence of the Christmas spirit in toys, candy, fruit and other miracles of kindly thought. Out of our abundance let us all help to make a Merry Christmas for the little ones at the Children’s Shelter. Gifts of cash or kind will be gladly received and acknowledged.”


100 Years Ago: Return of Canadian Soldiers, Prisoners of War Society

The Intelligencer December 17, 1918 (page 1)

“Return of Canadian Soldiers Marked By War But Happy. Many Canadian Soldiers Are Returning to Be Mustered Out of Service—Some Badly Wounded and Crippled, But All Happy to Be Home Again in Dear Old Canada—Many Happy Christmas Celebrations.

Among the soldiers who have arrived in Canada from overseas during the past few days are the following: Belleville—Capt. A. C. North, T. R. Rupskitt, M. Locke, A. Luske, A. T. Morrison. Tweed—J. R. Green. Trenton—A. R. Keeler.”

The Intelligencer December 17, 1918 (page 6)

“Prisoners of War Society. Belleville, Dec. 16, 1918. To the Editor Intelligencer. Dear Sir:—As representative in Belleville I desire to publicly acknowledge the splendid donation of $100 made by Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. in response to the final appeal of the Society. The gift of the Quinte Chapter and other funds have been cabled overseas and the British and other allied prisoners will already have received the practical benefit through this efficient organization, for which the Universities who know the need, are all working.

Such anguish of spirit, such agony of body as they have endured—are enduring, words cannot utter, imagination cannot conceive—that is the revelation of the prisoners now being released. Yet there are those who would have us forget and forgive those Huns who wrapped the dagger in the Sermon on the Mount. Yours truly W. N. Ponton.”