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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: Parade of Veterans, Sock-Knitting Display in Tickell’s, Buttons for Farm Service Corps, Poster for War Savings Certificates, Ad for Cooks and Stewards for Canadian Naval Patrols

The Intelligencer June 27, 1917 (page 1)

“Parade of Veterans. On Monday the Jubilee of Confederation will be commemorated in Belleville by a parade, following by brief addresses. Arrangements are being made to have the members of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces at present in the city, together with members of the Great War Veterans’ Association, Fenian Raid veterans of ’66, and South African war veterans assemble at the Armouries at ten o’clock Monday morning, and make a short parade along Front street.

Returning to the Armouries brief addresses will be made by local speakers, and it is hoped to have an address from Sir Mackenzie Bowell, himself a veteran of ’66.”

The Intelligencer June 27, 1917 (page 2)

“Socks for Soldiers. A hand-painted patriotic poster on exhibition in the store window of Tickell & Sons, is attracting much favorable attention. The poster was painted by a lady resident of New York, who formerly lived in Belleville, and the theme is an appeal to knit socks for the soldiers and leave fancy work until the war is over.”

The Intelligencer June 27, 1917 (page 2)

“Buttons for the Boys. The movement for increased production is gaining favor throughout Canada. The Ontario Government specially recognizing the boys who are helping on the farms at this time, as well as those who have certain garden plots under cultivation. ‘Farm Service Corps’ as they are called are being recognized and a special button given to every boy engaged in this service.

Recognizing their touch, with a great many of these boys the Government asked the National Y.M.C.A. Boys’ Department to supervise the distribution of these buttons. Those in the Belleville district will be presented tonight at the City Hall, 8 p.m. …  Every boy engaged in this service with his parents and employer, are especially urged to be present.”

The Intelligencer June 27, 1917 (page 3)

“Are You an Asset to Canada—or are You a Liability? Are you helping to win the War? Or could Canada put up a better fight without you?

Are you working—saving—paying—to back up the men at the front? Or are you loafing—wasting—spending on selfish indulgences the money that should be loaned to the Nation?

Food is short the world over! Every housewife in Canada should devote herself earnestly to the problem of conserving it—of feeding our people well, yet economically and without waste.

Everyone should save—and lend the savings to the nation! Canada needs every dollar you can invest in War Savings Certificates. The National Service Board of Canada, Ottawa.”

The Intelligencer June 27, 1917 (page 5)

“Cooks, Stewards and Boy Stewards are wanted for the term of the war, for service on the ships of the Canadian Naval Patrols Guarding Canadian Coasts.

The service is most useful and is well paid. Stewards and Cooks get $1.50 per day with $25.00 separation monthly and free food and kit. Boy Stewards get 50¢ a day and free messing and kit. Dept. of the Naval Services, Ottawa.”


100 Years Ago: Tag Day Planned for Veterans, Ernest Edmunds Invalided Home, Ontario to Recognize Boys Who Do Farm Work, Phillip Maracle Wounded, Parade on Confederation Jubilee, West Belleville War Workers Give Red Cross Benefit

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Tag Day for the Veterans. Saturday will be ‘Tag Day’ in Belleville when the ladies of the Independent Orders of the Daughters of the Empire will tag generous citizens for the benefit of The Great War Veterans’ Association of Belleville. The soldiers, who have crossed the seas to fight for the freedom of Canada and the Empire and have returned battle-scarred from the strenuous life in the trenches, hold a warm place in the hearts of all patriotic Canadians and their ‘Tag Day’ should meet with a hearty response.

The Veterans have opened club rooms in the Corby building, Front Street, and it is desired to raise sufficient funds to furnish the rooms which will be used as headquarters for the returned soldiers of this vicinity. The rooms should be made as comfy and home-like as possible to recompense in small measure the brave soldiers who endured every discomfort and faced every sacrifice that Empire might live.

One of the chief objects of the Great War Veterans’ Association is in looking after the interests of the returned soldier, helping him to secure suitable employment or arranging for vocational training to fit him for the work in which he is most adapted. In this connection the officers of the Association will be pleased to have the co-operation of employers who can assist greatly by notifying the Association of vacancies which may occur.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Invalided Home. Private Ernest Victor Edmunds, who left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, has been invalided home, arriving here today. The young soldier was taken to his home on the Cannifton Road.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“ ‘Soldiers of the Soil.’ The Ontario Government have decided to recognize every boy who is helping in the movement for increased production. A special button has been struck off and will be presented  to each boy who works through the season on the farm; all those completing the season’s work will be given a diploma showing that they have done their ‘bit’ at this time.

Warning is given by eminent students of political economy that there is bound to be a food shortage not only for this season, but for some time to come; it is, therefore, imperative that every effort be made for a huge increase in the amount of food produced in this country.

The Organization of Resources Committee have asked the Canadian Y. M. C. A. National Council to co-operate in looking after these boys, and in the presentation of the buttons; for this purpose a public mass meeting will be held in the Belleville City Hall, Wednesday evening, 8 o’clock, when a representative of this movement will be present and in co-operation with a local committee carry out the presentation of buttons.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Wounded and Missing. The following telegram received by Mrs. P. Maracle of this city speaks for itself. Ottawa, Ont., June 21, 17. Mrs. P. Maracle, Belleville, Ont. A. M. M. 413. Sincerely regret to inform you that cable received to-day states that 219,361 Pte. Phillip Maracle, infantry, previously reported wounded, now reported wounded and missing, May 10th, 1917. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in Charge Records.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 5)

“The following letter has been sent by Col. H. C. Osborne, A.A.G., to the commanding officers of all city units, both of the militia and the permanent force.

‘The Honorable Minister of Militia and Defence has authorized a parade and review of Canadian Expeditionary Force troops and City Corps, including reserve militia battalions, in large centres of this district on Monday, July 2nd, to celebrate the jubilee of Confederation.

One day’s pay will be issued to all ranks of the active and reserve militia. Every endeavor should be made to ensure the success of this parade and it is hoped that the unit under your command will parade at full strength. Details of arrangements will be published later.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 5)

“ ‘Afternoon Tea In Friendly Village.’ The entertainment given in Queen Mary School last evening by the West Belleville War Workers for the benefit of the Red Cross, was an unqualified success, with a large attendance of patrons and a program which was pleasing from beginning to end.

The principal feature of the program was a dramatic sketch entitled, ‘Afternoon Tea in Friendly Village,’ which introduced village characters appropriately costumed in the garments worn in the year 1862. An old-fashioned quilting bee in which all the neighbors gathered to piece quilts and exchange the latest gossip for a cup of tea and hot biscuits was the medium for many quips and local hits, also showing the incredulity manifested by the people of that time over the first whisperings of scientific invention destined to revolutionize the world in the use of electricity, aerial navigation, telephone communication, etc. …

During the evening a drawing took place for a sofa pillow, donated by Mrs. Hale, and ticket No. 231, held by Mrs. Legault, won the prize. …  The sum of seventy dollars was realized from the entertainment.”



100 Years Ago: Income Tax May Be Graded, Major Jack Templeton Arrives Home

The Intelligencer June 25, 1917 (page 1)

“Income Tax May Be Graded. Ottawa. Sir Thomas White, Finance Minister, in his speech on the Conscription Bill gave a broad hint at income tax. He said he thought that much of the agitation for the so-called conscription of wealth had arisen from the fact that in every town and city there were to be found a few men who were both rich and close, and were not contributing to the Patriotic Fund.

‘I will say to this House that if I can make them contribute I will do it,’ said the Minister amid applause. ‘I am not sure that it would not be well in connection with income taxation, if we bring it down, that men should be exempted to the extent of their contribution to Patriotic and Red Cross funds because if you impose taxation you will stop—not altogether, but to some extent—the free flow of voluntary giving to these funds.”

The Intelligencer June 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Major Templeton Arrives Home. Major Jack Templeton, a well known Bellevillian, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Templeton of this city is at present here with his parents enjoying a well earned rest. The Major was a member of the 3rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, which went from Victoria B. C. Recently he returned to Canada on leave direct from France after nearly two years of active service along the front line.

The gallant Major was wounded in the body by shrapnel in May 1915, but returned to France after about six months in hospital in England. He arrived in Canada some time ago and has been recuperating at Chatham and Brockville previous to coming to Belleville. The Major is naturally pleased to be back again to his native town with his parents and to renew acquaintances.”

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