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Catalog Number 2016.026.006
Object Name Bible
Title Private Bedell's New Testament
Publisher Oxford University Press
Summary A pocket-sized New Testament issued by the Canadian Bible Society to James Mobbs of Kemble who enlisted in 1915 at Owen Sound with Wilson Bedell, Jesse West, Herman West and George Taylor. It has 286 pages, and was printed in England by the Oxford University Press. It is inscribed with "Pte. Wilson Bedell / 147th Batt. C.E.F. / B Co. 8th __" (Private Wilson Bedell of the 147th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force B Company 8th Canadian Reserve Battalion). It was later kept by his friend, James Mobbs. Wilson Bedell was wounded during the war, while serving with the 42nd Royal Canadian Highlanders, and when he returned to Canada, he resumed his studies and became an Owen Sound dentist for many years.
Found inside the testament was a form-printed "The Greys / 147th Battalion Association of Toronto membership card, signed by "Jas. Mobbs". This is a post-war item. There is a page about Private Bedell in the local history book CHRONICLES OF KEMBLE (has an image of him in uniform), and also one for Corporal James Mobbs.
Published Date 1915
Physical Description Small, cloth-bound New Testament, with a plain khaki brown cover (no lettering or designs). 286 pages. Interior front endpaper area has a Canadian Bible Society label. Ink inscription on the flyleaf by Pte. Wilson Bedell to personalize it as his book. A 147th Grey Battalion Association membership card for Jas. Mobbs is tucked inside (it is not known what year he acquired Bedell's testament).
People Bedell, Wilson
Mobbs, James (Jimmy)
Subjects World War I (First World War/The Great War)
Religious books
Bible societies
Search Terms 147th Grey Battalion
Keppel Township
42nd Royal Canadian Highlanders
8th Canadian Reserve Battalion