The Intelligencer December 24, 1915 (page 7)
“Hastings Boy Passes Away. The Bancroft Times has the following reference to the death of a Hastings County boy. … Another home made desolate and a bright young life ended, that the principles of our Empire be upheld. On November 17th, Pte. Bobbie Black, who left Belleville with the 39th Battalion, was on his way home from France, where he had been in the trenches, and later in the hospital, and was being sent home to Canada to recuperate, when the hospital ship he was on ran onto a mine and almost all on board perished. Meagre enough in the details, but horrible in reality.
Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family, who were expecting to nurse their boy back to health, but God in His wisdom saw otherwise and we must bow our heads to His will.
The deceased was of a bright cheerful disposition, and well thought of by his friends in Turriff and L’Amable, where he has many relatives living.”
[Note: Private Robert Black died on November 17, 1915. He is commemorated on Page 5 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]