100 Years Ago: Volunteers from 39th May Go to Front

The Intelligencer April 30, 1915 (page 1)

“An order appearing in the militia orders states that 250 men of the 39th Battalion mobilized in this city, are required at once for immediate overseas purposes.

When it became know that such an order was issued there was considerable interest created, and numbers immediately volunteered. In fact the entire battalion was prepared to go as a unit, but their services were not required.

In conversation with the military authorities a representative of The Intelligencer was informed that Capt. W. Hudson, an officer of the Fifteenth Regiment of this city, and was attached to the 39th Battalion, had tendered his services and had been selected as the commanding officer of the men leaving here for oversea service. When the detachment will leave is at present unknown.”

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100 Years Ago: Second Battle of Ypres

The Intelligencer April 24, 1915 (page 1)

“Brilliant Charge by Canadian Troops. Canadians Fall Back and Lose Four Guns, But Recapture Them After Brilliant Advance—Many Prisoners Taken. (Canadian Press Special) London, April 24.—The war office has given out the following: ‘The fight for ground in which the Germans penetrated between Steenstraate and Langemarck still continues. The loss of this part of the line laid bare the left of the Canadian division, which was forced to fall back in order to keep in touch with the right of neighboring troops.

In the rear of the latter there had been four Canadian 4.7 inch guns, which thus passed into the hands of the enemy; but some hours later the Canadians made a most brilliant and successful advance, recapturing these guns and taking a considerable number of German prisoners, including the Colonel.

The Canadians had many casualties but their gallantry and determination undoubtedly saved the situation. Their conduct has been magnificent throughout.”

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100 Years Ago: Regimental Fund for 39th Battalion

The Intelligencer April 20, 1915 (page 3)

“A movement is on foot to provide a regimental fund for the 39th Battalion of a sum of not less than $10,000, to cover the cost of purchase of field kitchens, musical instruments and other necessary articles of equipment, not provided by the Government.

It has been decided to appeal to the different cities, county townships and other municipal bodies throughout Eastern Ontario, as well as to the generosity of private citizens and societies. The Battalion is now at full strength, numbering over 1000 men of all ranks and has representatives from practically every city, village and municipality in its ranks. Send your subscription to the officer commanding 39th Battalion, Belleville who will gladly acknowledge any amount.”

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100 Years Ago: Another Member of 39th Dead, Y.M.C.A. Assists Soldiers

The Intelligencer April 15, 1915 (page 1)

“Private Harry Nichols of Peterboro a Victim of Spinal Meningitis. At an early hour this morning Private Harry Nichols, a member of the 39th Battalion, C.E.F., mobilized in this city, died from an attack of spinal meningitis. …  He had been ill for some days and received every possible attention. This is the third death that has occurred within the ranks since the battalion has been established in the city. The remains of Nichols were taken to Tickell & Sons undertaking establishment. …

A military escort accompanied the remains to the railway station. …  The members of the 39th Battalion paraded in full force under command of Col. Preston and presented a fine appearance. A firing party preceded the hearse and was followed by the Fifteenth Regimental Band playing a solemn dirge. The hearse containing the remains was draped with a large Union Jack. …  Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, parents of the deceased, were the chief mourners.”

[Note: Private Harry Nicholls died on April 15, 1915. He is commemorated on Page 30 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 15, 1915 (page 7)

“The Military Y.M.C.A. Marquee. Editor of the Intelligencer,—There appeared in the columns of your paper recently, a letter suggesting that something ought to be done for the soldiers mobilized here. One of our worthy citizens has requested that I outline briefly what the Y.M.C.A. is doing.

With the co-operation of Colonel Preston, Officer in Command, we have secured a splendid large marquee, which has been erected on a 30 by 60 feet platform in the rear of the barracks. Light and heat have been provided. Tables, seats and comfortable chairs, games, writing materials, magazines and a large number of home newspapers, in addition to a piano and gramophone have been furnished. We have also secured a license for selling postage stamps, and have installed a post office for those directing their mail in care of the Y.M.C.A. Decorations of various kinds adorn the walls of the tent. At the back of the platform appears a banner: ’39th’ Battalion C.E.F. For God, for King, and Country.’

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings, a musical programme is improvised by the talent amongst the soldiers, and such city talent (either ladies or gentlemen) as can be secured. On Tuesday and Friday evenings a splendid religious service is conducted. On Thursday evenings the big Military Concert of the week is held at the City Hall. Then Sunday evenings, a soldiers’ illustrated song service is held there, when an evangelistic address is given by one of the city pastors.

Special arrangements are being made with one of the banks so that one of the bank staff will at certain hours each evening be on hand to accommodate such men who wish to deposit their earnings and withdraw by small amounts. Over at the Y.M.C.A. Building almost three hundred of the soldiers have taken out special rates, short term membership tickets, entitling them to all the privileges. Every evening, immediately after supper, the Association game rooms and parlors, and bath rooms are thronged with soldiers. …

The activities of the Y.M.C.A. tent have been put in charge of Mr. W.N. MacQueen, who is fast forming strong friendships with the men. …  Thanking you for the space, I remain, Yours cordially, J.L. Hess.”

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100 Years Ago: The War Tax

The Intelligencer  April 12, 1915 (page 4)

“The War Tax. The Post Office Department, having given notice a week or two ago in connection with the War Revenue Act, that all letters and postcards mailed in Canada for delivery in Canada, the United States or Mexico, and letters mailed in Canada for delivery in the United Kingdom and British possessions generally, or wherever the two cent rate applied, should in addition to ordinary postage carry a one cent stamp as a War Tax, and also having notified the public that such war tax, while it should be paid preferably by the postage stamp marked ‘War Tax,’ could, if such stamp were not available, be paid by an ordinary one cent postage stamp, is now issuing further notice to the effect that postage stamps may be used for the prepayment of war duties on bank cheques, bills of exchange, promissory notes, express money orders, proprietary or patent medicines, perfumery, wines or champagne …  the intention being to provide facilities in those portions of the country where the excise stamps are not readily available.”

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100 Years Ago: 39th Battalion Soldiers Tested for Meningitis

The Intelligencer April 8, 1915 (page 2)

“Soldiers Under Bacteriologist Test. …  Surgeon-Captain Amyot, Provincial bacteriologist, Drs. Palmer, Fraser and Hudge, of the Second Division, arrived in the city yesterday for the purpose of conducting an investigation into the outbreak of cerebro-spinal meningitis which has occurred here amongst a few members of the 39th Battalion, resulting in two deaths. After making every arrangement for the test, etc., Dr. Amyot returned to Toronto this morning.

Dr. Palmer, at the Armouries today, made a test of over 100 members of the Battalion for the purpose of detecting any trace of this terrible and fatal disease. To a representative of The Intelligencer Dr. Palmer stated that a thorough test of the men’s throats and noses was made for the purpose of ascertaining if any germs of the disease were being carried by reason of the men coming in contact with those who had died. …  If there are any such cases special treatment will immediately be given by drawing off the fluid from the spine.

Dr. Palmer stated that there was no need whatever of the fear of the disease spreading, as the precautions now being taken were such as to prevent this happening. Every agency known to medical science will be used to stamp out the disease here.”

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100 Years Ago: Women’s Military Boots, War Correspondent Gives Lecture

The Intelligencer April 3, 1915 (page 3)

“The New Military Boots for Women. Laced or Button, Sand, Battleship Grey and Taupe. $4.00. $5.00. See them in the Windows. Advanced Spring Styles await your inspection. …  W.H. Adams, The Shoeman.”

The Intelligencer April 3, 1915 (page 8)

“War! War! Mr. S.N. Dancey, Canadian War Correspondent who has just returned from the Front will deliver an Illustrated Lecture in Griffin Opera House, Monday Evening, April 5, 1915. Mr. Dancey has over 200 Lantern Slides depicting many of his most thrilling experiences. Don’t miss a real genuine treat. ADMISSION—Reserved

Seats 50 and 35 cts. General 25 cts. A share of the proceeds will go to the Patriotic Advertisement for W H  Adams Boots, Intelligencer, April 3, 1915Fund.”

War War Intelligencer April 3, 1915

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100 Years Ago: Marsh and Henthorn to Manufacture War Shells

The Intelligencer April 1, 1915 (page 2)

“Marsh and Henthorn Receive Order for War Shells. We are informed by Col. Marsh of the Marsh & Henthorn foundry people that his firm has received an order to manufacture a large quantity of an 18-lb. high explosive shell. This shell is not of the shrapnel variety. The firm are to immediately instal the necessary tools and machinery and then the manufacture will be proceeded with in about two weeks. The firm expects to give employment to from thirty to forty extra hands when the work is fully under way.”

Marsh Engineering Works  (HC00528 (descreened and cropped)

Marsh Engineering Works (HC00528 (descreened and cropped)

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