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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. Find us in the Belleville Public Library building at 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario.

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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: Hugh Brant Invalided Home, Ted Yeomans a Prisoner in Germany, Charles White Wounded, Arthur McGie Suffers Gas Poisoning

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 3)

“Pte. Brant Recovering. Pte. Hugh Brant who went overseas with the 155th Battalion in October of last year has returned to Deseronto. A reception was held for him at the home of his sister, Mrs. Eliza Sero, Mohawk Reserve on Tuesday evening of last week when friends from Belleville, Point Anne and the Reserve gathered to welcome him home.

Pte. Brant looks first rate considering the amount of suffering he has gone through; wounded in the head and face, and affected by gas, he has had to undergo three operations to save his eyesight and will have to spend three months more in a hospital at Kingston for further treatment. A purse of money was presented to Pte. Brant at the reception.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 7)

Ted Yeomans“ ‘Ted’ Yeomans Prisoner. To-day Dr. Yeomans received a welcome message from his son, Lieut. ‘Ted’ Yeomans, who was recently reported missing and mourned as dead, that he was a prisoner in Germany.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 7)

“Sergeant White Wounded. Mrs. Ellen E. White, 78 Gordon St., has received a telegram from the Director of Record at Ottawa that (746137) Sergt. Charles Lewis White, Infantry, officially reported as admitted to the 6th field Ambulance Depot on Nov. 6th, 1917, with gunshot wound in the head.

Sergt. White, who is well known in Belleville, was for several years a cook at the Anglo-American Hotel. He enlisted and went overseas with the 116th Battalion, Oshawa.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 8)

Arthur McGie“Lieut. A. G. McGie Gassed by Huns. Mr. A. McGie, 202 Bridge Street, received the following message yesterday morning regarding his son, Lieut. A. Grendley McGie, who went overseas as a machine gun officer of the 155th Battalion.

‘Sincerely regret to inform you Lieut. A. Grendley McGie, infantry, officially reported admitted to No. 1 British Red Cross Hospital, Letreport, November 12th, 1917, gas poisoning, slight. Director of Records.’

Last evening he received the following cable message from his son, dated Bristol, England, yesterday: ‘Slightly gassed, in England, feeling fine.’

Lieut. McGie’s many friends will be glad to learn that the poisoning is not of a serious nature, and wish for him a speedy recovery.”

100 Years Ago: Victory Loan Totals Still Climbing, Thomas Smith Wounded

The Intelligencer November 17, 1917 (pages 1, 8)

“City Doing Fine County Stronger. Belleville has passed its objective and the county is doing stronger every day, so next week should see us well on to the million mark. …

The film ‘Miss Canada,’ advertising The Victory Loan, and having Sir Thomas White as one of the principal actors has arrived and will be shown tonight in both of the Griffin’s Theatres. This picture contains 700 feet of film, and is most interesting. With every 25 cent seat bought at Griffin’s Bridge St. house a coupon will be given, and on Saturday night, Nov. 24th at 9 o’clock a man from the audience will pull a number from a hat, if the one holding that lucky number is in the audience he or she will be presented with a $50.00 Victory Bond. If not another number will be pulled until one is found with a corresponding number in the audience. Mr. Griffin is giving away $5,000 worth of Victory Bonds in his several houses, by special permission.”

The Intelligencer November 17, 1917 (page 8)

“Pte. Thomas Smith Reported Wounded. Ottawa, Nov. 16th, 1917. Mr. Wm. Smith, 8 King St. west, Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you that 636357, Pte. Thomas Smith, infantry, reported admitted to 6th Field Ambulance Depot, November 6th, 1917, gunshot wound left arm (fractured).

Pte. Smith, who is a young man well-known in the city, enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion.”

100 Years Ago: Driver Duncan Wounded, Victory Loan Total Passes Half Million

The Intelligencer November 16, 1917 (page 2)

“Driver Duncan Wounded. Mrs. R. W. Duncan of this city, received a telegram this morning from Ottawa, stating that her son, Driver S. W. Duncan, artillery, was officially reported with gun shot wound in his right arm. Mrs. Duncan has three other sons at the front. Driver S. W. Duncan has been overseas for three years. He went with the first contingent.”

The Intelligencer November 16, 1917 (page 5)

“Hastings Co. Passes Half Million Mark. Yesterday was the most gratifying day that has yet been reported for the Victory Loan. The total amount of bonds sold yesterday reached the high sum of $506,000, or more than half a million dollars. …

Canada wants all her children, young and old, as her creditor, so buy a bond for the baby, and in the future that baby can tell the future generation that it had a part in the Great War. Buy a bond for all the family. Every one.”

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