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No date [1944]
  A letter recently received states that Tpr. Melville Black son of Mrs. Evelyn Thomas has been transferred from England to Italy.

June 22, 1944
Tpr. M. Black Killed – Son of Islay Woman

  Mrs. Evelyn Thomas, Islay, has been advised that her son Trooper Melville J. Black, has been accidentally killed while fighting on the Italian Front.
  Tpr. Black was 20 years of age. His birth place was Glenarm and he had lived in Fenelon Twp. most of his life previous to joining the service.
  Tpr. Black was a member of a Tank Corps and had been overseas six months prior to his death while on active service.
  The deceased was a kind and cheerful young man and was ready to help anyone at any time.
  Surviving the departed soldier are his sorrowing Mother, and four brothers, Bert, Ronnie, Earl and Lavern also three sisters Luella, Jean and Buelah.
  The sympathy of the community [his life previous to joing [joining] the service] is with these sorrowing relatives.

No date [June 1944]
Islay Soldier, Melville Black, Killed in Italy

  Word has been received by Mrs. Samuel Thomas, Islay, that her eldest son, Melville Black, has been killed in action in Italy. Only two weeks previous, this gallant young soldier was recommended for decoration for gallantry in service.
Twenty years of age, Melville Black enlisted in Kingston with the Ordnance Corps and went overseas lage, noted as a sculptress, doing slightly over one year ago. [sic]

No date [June 1944]
  Friends at Islay, Ont., have received word that Trooper Melville J. Black has been killed in action on the Italian front. Trooper Black who was only 20 years of age, lived most of his life in the Township of Fenelon. He was a member of the Tank Corps and had been six months overseas.

Media Type
Genealogical Resource
Item Types
Trooper Melville J. Black of Islay, Ontario, paid the supreme sacrifice in World War II.
Listed on the Honour Roll of Victoria and Haliburton Counties.
This card is part of a larger collection of World War II personnel clippings. The project began in 1944 at the Lindsay Library. The intent was to gather together as much information as possible on the military record and the service of people from the Town of Lindsay and the County of Victoria (now Kawartha Lakes)who served in the war. To that end, during the years 1944, 1945, and 1946, members of the public donated photographs and updated information about their loved ones. Both library staff and the public saved and donated newspaper clippings. Some of the files contain great amounts of detail, while others have just a name.
Date of Publication
22 Jun 1944
Personal Name(s)
Melville Black ; Evelyn Black ; Bert Black ; Ronnie Black ; Earl Black ; Lavern Black ; Luella Black ; Jean Black ; Buelah Black
World War II Service Files
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.46682 Longitude: -78.86628
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Page 9: Black, Melville J.

Trooper Melville J. Black of Islay, Ontario, paid the supreme sacrifice in World War II.
Listed on the Honour Roll of Victoria and Haliburton Counties.