Corner Stone Laid On July 1, 1920
Brief Account of the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Restigouche and Bay Chaleur Soldier's Memorial Hospital.
The laying of the Corner Stone of The Restigouche and Bay Chaleur Soldiers' Memorial Hospital was fittingly observed on Thursday afternoon, July 1, 1920, at 2:30 o'clock in the presence of over 2000 people.
The procession left the Hotel St. Louis promptly at 2.15. The procession was headed by the Campbellton Brass Band and Guard of Honor from the Returned Soldiers. Immediately following the Guard of Honor were the Trustees of the Hospital Board, Mayor and Members of the Town Council and citizens in autos. On arrival at the grounds there was a selection by the Band, after which invocation by Rev. Mr. Camp. His Honor Judge McLatchy, President of the Hospital Board, acted as Chairman, and before introducing the various speakers made an eloquent and touching address, referring briefly to the financial end of the undertaking, and in closing his remarks paid a high tribute to all those or our boys who laid down their lives in the Great Cause. The hospital was being erected as a monument to their great valor. Very touching and appropriate addresses were delivered by His Mayor Murray, Messrs. A. T. LeBlanc and Wm. Currie, M. L. A.'s, Rev. Hugh Miller, Rev. H. R. Harrington, and Mr. Thos. Busteed who spoke for the people of Bonaventure and Gaspe Counties..
The Secretary of the Hospital Board, Mr. A. A. Andrew, then read the names of the brave boys of Restigouche, Bonaventure and Gaspe Counties who laid down their lives in the Great Cause and in memory of whom this Hospital was being erected. Before doing so he explained that it was possible some names may be omitted, but all could rest assured it was no fault of the Hospital Board, every effort having been made to procure all names. He earnestly impressed upon all who might notice the omission of a name to notify him, so that it might be added to the list, as the Hospital Board were most desirous of having every name recorded. He then proceeded to read the names, when every head in the vast assemblage was bowed out of respect to those who had fought our battles and gave their lives in the Great Cause. Following is the list of the names:
Restigouche County Soldiers Killed or Died of Wounds.
Lt Col. A.E.G. McKenzie, D.S.O.
Lt. R. C. Dean
Lt. Evan McMillan
John F. Clarke
Willard F. Black
Thos. H. Menzie
John T. Doyle
ST JEAN L'EVANGELISTE
Joseph Ed. Arseneau
Gaspe County Soldiers Who Were Killed in Action or Died of Wounds During War, 1914-1918.
His Honor Judge McLatchy then introduced Lieut.-Col. Alexander McMillan, D.S.O., of St John, formerly of the 26th Batt. Who was to lay the corner stone. Before proceeding with his address the Lieut.-Col. Was given three rousing cheers and a tiger. He paid a particularly high tribute to all the departed, also to those who had returned home wounded, and to those who had returned apparently in their usual health, on the courage displayed by them in the great war brought to an end only a few months ago. No more fitting memorial the speaker said could be erected for the fallen than a hospital and it was with much pleasure that he accepted the invitation to lay the corner stone of this institution.
His Honor Judge Mclatchy presented him with the trowel and Lieut.-Col. Alexander McMillan, D.S.O., laid the Corner Stone, after which he announced the stone to have been well laid.
"God Save the King" by the Band brought to a close this most impressive and important ceremony.
List of Documents Placed in Corner Stone
Names of Soldiers of Gaspe, Bonnaventure and Restigouche Counties killed or died of wounds during war.