Welcome to the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County

The Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County preserves the history of our community through the records of local governments, individuals, families, businesses and organizations. We keep the traces of the past and make them available for research.

The archives is open Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

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Discover ‘Discover’!

Now you can explore the holdings of the Community Archives from home, if you have access to the internet. We are beginning to share descriptions of the materials we hold through a new service, which [...]

A Poster in Pieces

By Laurel Bishop and Kieran Delaney The Archives receives many donations, but few as intriguing as the colourful rolled-up newsprint poster brought in to us last year. The owner, Dr. Charles Bateman, had found the [...]

Belleville in World War I

Follow the citizens of Belleville and Hastings County as they face the challenges of the home front during the First World War through excerpts from The Daily Intelligencer, August 1914 to November 1918.

100 Years Ago: Snipers to Be Chosen, Fred Mott Is Prisoner of War

The Intelligencer July 24, 1916 (page 2)

“Snipers Are To Be Chosen. The specialist training of the men for this great war has taken a firm hold on Barriefield camp, and almost every man is a specialist in some one or other branch of the service. There is the physical training and bayonet fighting expert, who puts all of his trust in cold steel …  machine gun men who are confident that the machine gun is the only thing that is bad enough for a German. …  Again the bombers and grenade men impress on the soldiers that every person must be able to pitch bombs as accurate as narrow trench fighting demands.

The snipers have not been receiving their share of attention, and that branch of the work is to be attended to. Major Ackerman, who was overseas with the 2nd Battalion, and has for the last three weeks been at Valcartier on this work, has arrived and the training of expert marksmen for the popular sport of ‘getting’ Huns via the lone bullet route will be started.”

The Intelligencer July 24, 1916 (page 7)

“Prisoner in Germany. Pte. Fred Mott, No. 113410, 4th C.M.R., 3rd Canadian Division, reported missing since 2nd of June, is now reported prisoner of war at Stuttard. Word to this effect was received at Campbellford last week.

Pte. Mott enlisted with the 33rd Battery, Kingston, last August, was drafted to the 8th C.M.R. in October and went overseas to Bramshott Camp in January. He was drafted to the 4th C.M.R. and sent to France, thence to Belgium. He is nineteen years of age and only son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Mott, formerly of Belleville, now of Campbellford.”


100 Years Ago: Canadian Casualties, Nursing Sister Hambly on Brief Leave

The Intelligencer July 22, 1916 (page 1)

“Casualties Among Canadian Troops. Officially Reported Prisoners of War—Harry C. McDonald, Belleville …  G. McKie, Queensboro.”

The Intelligencer July 22, 1916 (page 7)

Nursing Sister Mary Hambly

Nursing Sister Mary Hambly

“Nursing Sister Hambly. An officer of the British Army who came from duty at the front unheralded for a brief leave at home with her father, Lt.-Col. P.H. Hambly and family, returned to active service yesterday.

Nursing Sister Mary Hambly was one of our first to enlist and serve, and her skill and enthusiastic work have earned her official commendation. No honor can be too great for our life-saving sisters. Colonel Ponton, President of the Veteran’s Association, saw her off at the noon train, and Col. Stewart, Secretary, presented her with a bouquet of roses on behalf of the Veterans.”

100 Years Ago: Canadian Munitions Deliveries

The Intelligencer July 20, 1916 (page 1)

“Munitions Deliveries by Canadian Manufacturers Total a Million a Day. Ottawa. British orders in Canada for shells and high explosives now total nearly half a billion dollars. So far, Canada has delivered over two hundred million dollars’ worth, and at present the value of daily deliveries is nearly one million dollars. By the end of the year this will be increased to thirty-five million dollars worth per month.

The new fuse plant in Montreal is now being operated with great success, and this country can now produce for Great Britain over 20,000 completed shells per day.

The chief difficulty now is the scarcity of skilled workmen. The employment of more female labor is being urged by the Imperial Munitions Board, which is distributing an illustrated booklet regarding the training and employment of women in munition production.”

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