The Mail and Advocate, 1915

February 23, 1915

Who went down with the H.M.S. Viknor while serving King and Country

(Editor Mail and Advocate)

Dear Sir.—The quiet settlement of Little Heart’s Ease was plunged into sorrow on Monday. Feb. 1st, when a telegram arrived from the commander of the H.M.S. Calypso to Mr. William Thos. Stringer, stating that H.M.S. Viknor was lost off the coast of Ireland with all her officers and crew, and that his son George was said to have left port on that ship.

You can imagine the grief and sorrow of the stricken father. The sad news was a great shock to him. as only a few days previous he had received a letter from George stating that he had been out for a trip and had just then returned to port.

The deceased was in the 20th year of his age and was greatly liked and highly favoured by all who knew him because of his gentle nature and kindly disposition.

He was also a member of Mount Joy L.O.L., and held office as 1st Lecturer until his departure for England. Therefore, the brethren of Mount Joy L.OL. wish to extend to the sorrow-stricken parents and relatives heart-felt sympathy and pray God of all Consolation may upon and comfort them in their sorrow and affliction.

He did his duty, he obeyed and gave his life for the services of his King and Country. To his heartbroken parents we extend our deepest sympathy.
Little Heart’s Ease,
Feb, 1915


February 27, 1915

Wedding Bells

Tuesday, February 16th. Hatchet Cove was the scene of a very happy marriage; when Mr. Joseph Cramm and Miss Emmelina Benson, of Hatchet Cove were united in the bonds of holy matrimony. The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. C. Winsor, in the presence of friends of the bride and bridegroom.

The bride was very prettily dressed in pink satin, with hat to match. The bride’s cousin, Mrs. Eliab Blundon, acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. William George Blundon acted as best man.

After the ceremony the happy couple went forth to the home of the groom where tea was served. We wish the young couple much joy, happiness and prosperity.


June 26, 1915

Serving in the Dardanelles

H. M. S. Cornwallis,
May 23rd., 1915.

Dear Wife,—Just a few lines to let you know that I am well. We have spent a very good winter and my health holds good, for which I am’ very thankful. We are now anchored in the Dardanelles, just below the Narrows. I am getting quite accustomed to the new life and don’t mind going into action at all. Indeed I quite enjoy the fun of it. Nevertheless, I shall be rather glad when it is over and I know you will too.

The Turks are very still to-day and there is not much doing. We get plenty to eat out here, but we don’t get any fresh fish and I miss it very much. One shell hit our ship yesterday it did no damage. Tell some of the boys to write me before they go to the Labrador. The war is not going to last always, Julie, and I will be home ‘as soon as it is over, please God. So good-bye.

From your loving husband,
Alexander Peddle,
Formerly of Hodge’s Cove, T.B.


Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, November 2022.

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