The Guardian - Bay Roberts
1918 - 1920

The Guardian - Bay Roberts
1918 - 1920
Transcribed by Maxine Edwards, September 2001.

Proprietor - C. E. Russell

Issued every Saturday from the office of publication, Water Street, Bay Roberts.Subscriptions (post free) to any part of Nfld. or Canada, 50 cents per year.To United States, Great Britain, etc., $1.00 per year, postpaid.All subscriptions payable in advance.

 Some pages in the original contain flaws and other defects which appear on the film.

Issues available for 1918:January 11thand October 18th

Issues available for 1919:January 24th and February 28th

Issues available for 1920:January 16th


Friday, January 11, 1918

No. 43768 driver Harold A. RUSSELL of the First Brigade Canadian Field Artillery, son of Mr. Isaac Russell, Country Road, was killed in action while serving his gun at Loos, France, August 15th, 1917, a shell explosion in the gun pit.He was buried with Military Honors, August 16th in the Noeux-les-Mines Community Cemetery.

 Saint John, N.B., November 15th, 1917 – A quiet very pretty wedding took place last evening at the residence of the groom’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel CLIFFORD, when the Rev. H.A. Penney of the Carmathen Street Methodist Church united in marriage, Miss Mary Amelia SPARKES, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Sparkes of Shearstown, Bay Roberts, Nfld. to Joseph Willard Finn.The bride was given away by her cousin, I.D. Sparkes.Mrs. W.A. Ferris acted as Matron of Honor and Miss Myrtle Fox, cousin of the groom played the wedding march.Mr. and Mrs. Finn will reside for the present at 142 St. James Street.

 Died at Coley’s Point, Monday, 5th December, Sarah PARSONS, widow of the late Charles Parsons, in the 80th year of her age.Leaving to mourn four sons, three daughters, Richard, John, William and Charles, Mrs. William Goosney, Mrs. John Snow, Mrs. Richard Bishop, also 24 grandchildren.

Friday, October 18, 1918

Mr. Jacob BRADBURY and Mrs. Simeon BARRETT (nee Miss Lydia RUSSELL), passed away at Boston, Mass. recently.

 Private Herbert BELBIN, son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Belbin, Country Road, died as a prisoner of war in Germany in June last. Private Belbin volunteered for active service in 1915, he was taken prisoner by the Germans while fighting in France in 1917.

Jacob BUSSEY of Port de Grave, seaman, Nfld., R.N.R., lost his life 3rd October 1918, when the ship on which he was serving was sunk.Mrs. Lavinia Bussey of Port de Grave is his mother.

 Rev. William SEELEY, formerly of Bareneed, was united in marriage to Miss Gennie Florence KING, September 11th, 1918, in the Sackville Methodist Church at Sackville, N.B.Mr. Seeley is stationed at Hebron, N.S.Both bride and groom are graduates of Mount Allison University.


Friday, January 24, 1919

Died at Country Road, October 23rd, after a short illness, Bessie, beloved wife of John BRADBURY, aged 27 years.Leaving a husband, two children, one brother, one step-brother and step-mother to mourn their sad loss.

Friday, February 28, 1919

There were no births, deaths or marriages in this issue.


Friday, January 16, 1920

We are hoping to issue the Guardian again shortly.We have been working under difficulties for the past couple of years, but if certain plans mature, we may again be a weekly visitor to the homes of the people.