The Evening Advocate, 1918

Jsnuary 23, 1918

Wedding Bells
(To the Editor)

Dear Sir:- Please allow me space in your highly esteemed and much read paper to tell you of a wedding which took place here Dec. 25th, [1917], when Mr. Jordan Stoyles, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Stoyles, was united in the bonds of matrimony to Miss Ida J. Vey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Vey, both of Hillview, Trinity Bay. The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. D.E. Freake.

The bride was attired in light steel silk with bridal veil and orange blossoms, and looked very charming. The bridesmaid was also dressed in silk to match. The bridesmaids were Miss A. B. Vey and Miss M. Avery. The bridesboys were Mr. J. T. Stoyles and Mr. S. Green. After the ceremony was performed the party went to the home of the groom, where a reception was held.

The popularity of the bride was shown by her friends by giving her many useful presents on the occasion of marriage. Then after spending a few days with the parents of the groom, they removed to their future home, where they will enjoy married life. Wishing them every success in life.



May 2, 1918

Glad He Joined the Royal Naval Reserve

R.N. Barracks,
Devonport, Eng.,
Jan. 11, 1918

My Dear Mother.—

Just a few lines to let you know that I am well, hoping to find you the same. Thank God for it. I spent Christmas in Devonport barracks. I didn’t think that I would ever spend a Christmas here. But you can never tell where one has to go. I can tell you I am not sorry to be here, as it shows that I am a man and not a slacker. I see some of the world anyway, and its a lot better than Random. I am going in the Gunner School now. I don’t know what they are going to make of me there, but I suppose I will get through somehow. Don’t think anything about me. I am alright, and have lots of chums here, and someone to show me around. Elial is here, he is well. Tel father not to work too hard and take care of himself. I hope by next year I will be home again. All the Random fellows here are well. There are a lot here. Remember me to all the friends. Write me often. Good bye. from


(The writer of the above is W. G. Bishop, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bishop, Hatchet Cove, Random.)


December 30, 1918

A SOLDIER’S Cousin Writes

Gooseberry Cove. Random, December 16th. 1918

(To the Editor)

Dear Sir.—Please grant me space In your paper. The Advocate, to say a words concerning this place There are a number of men, married and single, gone from here who have fought for their King and Country, but now as the world war is over we wish them all a safe return. I know that every mother whose son is spared to come home will be proud to have her son come back again, victorious; and every wife will be proud to have her husband come home again in peace. I should think that those whose husbands, sons, or brothers are on the Roll of Honour will find It hard to see other boys coming home. But we must put our trust in Him whose mighty hand brought this war to close to bring the lads safe. There is one young man gone from here, Patrick Seward, who hasn’t been home since the war started. I shouldn’t think that there is much too bad to be done with Kaiser Bill now. When he started the war so cowardly thought that in a few days he would have some nations under him, but he was quite mistaken. He played for high stakes and lost, and now he has to humble himself to England and other Allied nations.

There is only one from here on the Roll of Honour, Luke Smith, son of Mrs. Martha Smith. She also has four sons in the navy.

Another man from here, Robert Balsom, who was trading from Hull to Dover on the transport S. S. Majorie. He was coming home on leave the very day he arrived In Hull, and was going to leave the ship the day that the peace armistice was settled.

We must not forget to speak of Butter Core and Southport. They, too have done their share for the King and Empire. There Is one young man from Butter Cove who has paid the Supreme Price. Richard Spurrell. son of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Spurrell. Also one from Southport. John Lambert son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lambert. He has another brother in the navy now.

Wishing the readers a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, I remain,



Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, September 2019. Updated February 2021

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