Cadet Vernon Stoddart 1918 Unknown Newspaper
The many friends of Cadet Vernon Stoddart, of the Royal Flying Corps, were deeply pained to hear that he had passed away on January 17th, fifteen hours after he had been wounded in a shooting at Deseronto, where he was training.
Mr. Stoddart was twenty-four years of age, and was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Stoddart of Lawrencetown. He was a young man of much promise and splendid character and was in the best sense popular. He entered the Royal Bank at his home town and was subsequently transferred to other branches at New Glasgow, Dorchester,and Sackville. Leaving the bank, he entered the employ of Ganong Ltd., Saint John, where he was highly esteemed. When he resigned to join the colours, the firm made him a handsome presentation and promised him a good position when he should be able to return.
His enlistment was prompted by the loftiest of motives. He felt it to be the sacred call of duty. Irresistable was the way he expressed it to his mother. "Mother," he said, "if I had been over there three years, wouldn't you want some of the here to go over so that I could come home?" He offered, was accepted and zealously started his training. The tragic circumstance already referred to prevented his finishing it; but he made his supreme sacrifice as much for the holy cause of the world's civilization as if he had met his end on Flanders' Fields.
The funeral service was held in the Baptist Church, Lawrencetown, on January 22nd, conducted by the Rev. F.H. Beals, assisted by the Rev. S.J. Boyce. Among the beautiful floral tributes were two wreaths from the Lawrencetown Baptist Choir and the Lawrencetown Band, of which Mr. Stoddart was a greatly valued member. The unusually large number of people present was an eloquent tribute to the deep respect in which the gallant young man was held and also to the sincere sympathy which is felt for his father and mother, his sister, Mrs. Harry Bishop, and his intimate friends.
With thanks to Rosemary Rafuse.
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