The Intelligencer May 17, 1915 (page 7)
“Mr. Charles Dickens of this city, received the following telegram which refers to his son: Ottawa, May 15th, 1915. C.C. Dickens, Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you 1646 Private Harry C. Dickens 8th Battalion, officially reported sick with gas fumes. Further particulars when received will be sent you. Adjutant General.
Private Harry Dickens was at Winnipeg when the war broke out and enlisted with the 96th Regiment, Winnipeg Rifles. His many friends in this city will wish for him a speedy recovery.”