100 Years Ago: Last Chance for a Flag for Dominion Day

The Intelligencer June 30, 1915 (page 4)

Advertisement, Belleville Intelligencer, June 30, 1915

Advertisement, Belleville Intelligencer, June 30, 1915

“Last Chance Before Dominion Day. Come to the office of this newspaper early and get your flag TO-DAY—one or a dozen, so that YOU may tomorrow fittingly decorate for Canada’s great anniversary. Be Patriotic!

Those who have not secured a UNION JACK should do so at once, thereby expressing a true loyalty and approval of the mighty conflict in which our Empire is engaged. This Presentation is made possible by the leading Canadian newspapers acting in conjunction to provide a flag for every home. These splendid outfits can be secured in no other manner.”

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100 Years Ago: Ad for Victor Records, School Children Donate Their Pennies

The Intelligencer June 28, 1915 (page 2)

Advertisement, Belleville Intelligencer, June 28, 1915

Advertisement, Belleville Intelligencer, June 28, 1915

“Highlanders! Fix Bayonets!—a remarkably thrilling patriotic song, on the July list of New Victor Records—on Sale TODAY. It is sung by that celebrated baritone, Edward Hamilton, on Victor Record No. 17775 together with ‘The Soldiers of the King,’ sung by Herbert Stuart,—price 90¢. Berliner Gram-O-Phone Co. Limited. Dealers in every town and city.”

The Intelligencer June 28, 1915 (page 3)

“Patriotic Efforts By School Children. Now that the schools are closing a little incident which recently occurred would not be out of place. The boys and girls of Alexandra School being desirous of showing their patriotism on Victoria Day decided to dispense with fire crackers and donate the money usually expended in this way to help the soldiers on the firing line and as a result Miss Clara Yeomans, treasurer of the Belleville Women’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association received $15.00, a contribution from the scholars of the school saved in this way.

Then Miss Fleming’s class of scholars decided to do something for the purchase of bandages and made a personal effort in saving their pennies and doing services for remuneration and gathered together the sum of $5. to be given to the Women’s Patriotic & Red Cross Association for assistance to the soldiers.

Mrs. O’Flynn was called into the school and Mr. Gordon Collins, representing the class presented her, as one of the representatives of the Women’s Patriotic & Red Cross Association, with $5. which had been saved by the children. Mrs. O’Flynn, on behalf of the Association thanked the children for their thoughtfulness and the teacher for the gift and praised the spirit that prompted the act. The happy face of the teacher and the smiling and delighted children gave evidence of their deep interest in what had been done.

The scholars of the whole school were also thanked for their kindly act in saving $15., which was donated by the school to the fund. This spirit, which permeates throughout Canadian life and is found among the school children is the one that is going to win the victory for the Empire and we are delighted that the school children have shown throughout the city such an interest in the great affairs of the Empire.”

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100 Years Ago: Union Jacks Still for Sale

The Intelligencer June 26, 1915 (page 11)

“Is Your Home Still Flagless? ‘While Shot and Shell are Screaming,’ do honor to your brave citizen soldiers on the firing line, by joining the nation-wide movement to place a flag on every home. It is a mark of appreciation and a sense of fine fitness should impel every loyal citizen to show his colors. Take Advantage To-day Of The Presentation By The Intelligencer. This $4 Union Jack Outfit $1.48 Or the Flag Alone $1.10. Just Clip the Coupon. Act To-Day.”


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100 Years Ago: Death of Leo Ross, Soldiers Request Tobacco

The Intelligencer June 25, 1915 (page 2)

“In the letter from Sergt. Spafford, which we published yesterday, were several references to the death of Gunner Leo Ross. They were omitted in deference to the feelings of Mrs. Ross, mother of the deceased soldier, who we were informed was pained at the references to his death which appeared from time to time.

Mrs. Ross called at The Intelligencer Office this morning, and stated that she read with eagerness the references to her son’s death, and that they afforded her comfort. Under these circumstances we publish the following extracts from Sergt. Spafford’s letter, which were omitted yesterday:—

‘Gunner Leo J. Ross, killed in action on April 30. Gunner Ross had been associated with the 34th Battery since its inception, and one of the most accurate gun layers in the 1st Brigade. He died a hero’s death. We were under terrible gun fire, and owing to the necessity of supporting our infantry we had to stand by our posts. Gunner Ross was one of the few men who had stood the test of our trying duties of the past two weeks.

I note by the paper that there is doubt about my comrade, Gunner Leo Ross. I carried the lad from the gun myself, when he was hit, to the rear. I saw him buried in a beautiful garden of a near by Chateau, amidst the beautiful flowers that grow there. A cross with his name and date of death inscribed, mark the place; beside him are some of our other comrades, Percy Rivers of Vancouver, and two Montreal boys.’ ”

The Intelligencer June 25, 1915 (page 7)

“Intelligencer Tobacco Fund. ‘A Few Cigarettes’ Soldier’s Last Request. While the form of the soldier’s request for tobacco as seen in countless letters received from the Canadian boys at the front, varies almost infinitely between the direct demand and the gentle hint, perhaps no more forcible appeal, though it was made too late, has reached Montreal than that embodied in the last writing of a young soldier to his mother.

When the boy had been instantly killed by a German shell the sergeant of his company noticed a small black note book sticking out of his pocket and on the pages of this he found a letter which the soldier had written to his mother during the previous night in the trenches. …  Begging his mother to keep her money and not to spend it, as she had offered, in buying her son any little luxury that might be a comfort to him in the trenches, the soldier went on to say that, if she must remember him by sending some gift, a few cigarettes would indeed be most welcome, as some of the men had smoking materials and it was misery to watch their enjoyment while he had nothing to smoke himself. The request came too late.

There are 25,000 Canadians engaged in the fighting, however, and these need their smokes as urgently as the young man who watched the few lucky ones with envy and wrote of his feeling to his mother the night before he lost his life. The appeal is endorsed on every hand and the smokes go quickly so that the tobacco hunger is renewed almost as soon as it is assuaged. By contributing to The Intelligencer Tobacco Fund the greatest quantity of tobacco which it is possible to buy is sent by those who want to help.”


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100 Years Ago: Queen’s Canadian Military Hospital, Intelligencer Tobacco Fund

The Intelligencer June 24, 1915 (page 7)

“The Queen’s Canadian Military Hospital was organized at the commencement of the war by Canadians in London, England, for the special purpose of treating Canadian wounded. …  It is beautifully situated at Beachborough Park, which is being kindly loaned for the purpose by Sir Arthur and Lady Markham.

The hospital, which is supported by voluntary contributions of friends in England and Canada, is urgently in need of funds and of all kinds of surgical supplies and dressings; especially gauze bandages. Any person desiring to assist the work of the hospital in caring for the Canadian wounded will kindly send funds or supplies to Lieut. Col. Donald Armour, The Queen’s Canadian Military Hospital, Beachborough, Shorncliffe, England.”

The Intelligencer June 24, 1915 (page 7)

“Intelligencer Tobacco Fund. To Provide the Soldiers at the Front with Tobacco, Cigarettes and Chewing Gum. Previously acknowledged 2575 Cents. Mrs. J.R. Stephenson 100 Cents. ‘A Non-Smoker’ 100 Cents.

A Non-Smoker’s contribution is an eloquent rebuke to that section of Methodists at the Toronto Conference who protested against sending tobacco to our soldiers at the front.”


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100 Years Ago: Ad for Flags on Dominion Day

The Intelligencer June 23, 1915 (page 5)

“Loyal Canadians Prepare. Show Your Colors on Dominion Day! Make your City a City of Flags—let no home be too poor to do honor to our Natal Day. If you have not already secured a flag or flag outfit, no better time will be found than TO DAY. In honor of the Canadian Nation, in honor of the valiant deeds of Canadian Arms, in honor of the brave Canadian citizen soldiers who with incentive for national integrity and virtue are engraving our high ideals on the scroll of history with sword and bayonet—hang out our Union Jack.

A $4.00 Flag Outfit presented by the Intelligencer. While the flag alone can be had for $1.10 we strongly recommend the complete outfit at $1.48. ‘A Flag for Every Home!’ Clip the coupon printed on another page of to-day’s issue.”


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100 Years Ago: Belleville’s Gift to 39th Battalion

The Intelligencer June 22, 1915 (pages 1, 8)

Soldiers of the 39th Battalion in Belleville prior to going overseas in the summer of 1915

Soldiers of the 39th Battalion in Belleville prior to going overseas in the summer of 1915

“Belleville’s Gift to Officers’ Mess. Col. Preston Last Night Received, on Behalf of 39th Battalion, Cheque for $600, as a Token of Esteem from Belleville People. The recent meeting of Belleville citizens to determine what form the city’s gift to the officers of the 39th Regiment should take, had a gratifying sequel last night at the Armouries, when $600 was handed over to Col. Preston as a contribution to the officers’ mess.

Col. Lazier, in opening the proceedings, said he had been accorded the privilege and pleasure by a number of his fellow citizens of being the medium of conveying to the officers of the 39th Battalion a token of their appreciation. …  It was well known that the officers had given a great deal of their spare money and time that could not readily be spared in providing for the comforts of the men, a very laudable and proper thing to do, and they were to be congratulated upon the success which had attended their efforts in that direction. The Government makes no provision for the equipment of the officers’ mess and the citizens are glad to assist in this very desirable object, knowing that it would save the officers going down into their own pockets for that purpose. …

Mr. J.W. Johnson, M.P.P., then handed to Col. Preston a marked cheque for six hundred dollars, and said that raising the money was a labor of love on the part of the committee and an easy task, as the response was so hearty. …  these men were going to save us and our possessions, this beloved Canada, these homes so dear, these precious mothers, wives, children and sweethearts; why generations of Canadians to be born and live in the long distant future will take up and carry forward to still more remote generations the loving gratitude that fills our hearts tonight.

The finest pedigree that any Canadian will boast in the days to come will be, my father or my grandfather or my great grandfather was a soldier of King George in the great war. We shall miss the men of the 39th when they have gone; they are our friends, we are theirs, and their every movement will be followed with keen and loving interest. …  We humbly and reverently say, God bless you.”

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100 Years Ago: Military At Home on Zwick’s Island

The Intelligencer June 21, 1915 (page 1)

“Military at Home at Zwick’s Island. Col. Preston and the officers of the 39th Regiment entertained a large number of ladies and gentlemen at an ‘At Home,’ at the military camp, Zwick’s Island, on Saturday afternoon, at which some hundred were present. Visitors were received by the wives of the commanding officers, Mesdames Preston, Smart and Bywater. The dainties of the season were profusely provided and all passed off joyfully and merrily. The Band of the 39th Regiment discoursed music during the entertainment. This Band is a credit to the regiment, considering the short time of its organization.

An interesting and gratifying event at this gathering of citizens and soldiers was the presentation by the Warden of the County, Charles Ketcheson, Esq., to Col. Preston, commanding officer of the regiment, of a cheque for $1,000, the sum generously voted in aid of the regimental fund, by the County Council of the County of Hastings at its last session.

Col. Preston, in a few words, gratefully acknowledged the same, thanking the Warden and members of the County Council for their thoughtful consideration of the wants and comforts of those who had enlisted for the defence of the Empire, of which Canada is an important part. Cheers for the kind hosts ended this most pleasant and agreeable entertainment.”

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100 Years Ago: 39th Battalion Officers Entertained, Gifts for Toronto University Hospital

The Intelligencer June 19, 1915 (page 3)

“Daughters of Empire Entertain Officers. About one hundred attended the At Home given by the Argyll Chapter of the Daughters of the Empire to the officers of the 39th Battalion, last evening. The scarlet and khaki uniforms mixed with the exquisite evening gowns of the ladies, made a brilliant scene. There were also many civilians in evening dress. The young people entertained themselves in the lecture room, and the remainder amused themselves in various ways. …

At a little after eleven o’clock light refreshments were served, consisting of cake, coffee, ice cream, lemonade and sandwiches. Following that a purse of gold was presented by Mrs. (Col.) Marsh, in a very pleasing manner, in which she said: ‘Col. Preston and officers of the 39th Battalion: we are very happy to have you here as our guests to-night. The Argyll Chapter is one that deals entirely with military events. We offered our services to manage the canteen recreation room and were always ready to do a service. We will send a box of socks to the regiment to-morrow, and will send boxes of field comforts periodically to the men. I am sure, Colonel, that when you accept this token from the Argyle Chapter of the Daughters of the Empire, you publicly accept what many a man has had a divorce for—the sincere love of every member of the Chapter.’

Col. Preston in replying on behalf of the officers of the Battalion, said:—’Mrs. Marsh, Officers, ladies and gentlemen, it pleases me to remark that the Argyll Chapter was the first to volunteer their services as a whole. We have greatly appreciated the many services of the ladies of Belleville, and can only say that I thank them from my heart. …  When we leave Belleville it will be hard to appreciate the fact that we are on active service, and many will leave their hearts in Belleville.’ ”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1915 (page 7)

“Useful Gifts. The ‘For-get-me-not’ circle wish to thank the members of the Ivanhoe Women’s Institute, who have sent through their president, Mrs. D.L. Fleming, to Mrs. Blagrave, the following beautiful bale:—10 white flannelette nightshirts, 15 gray flannel shirts, 35 pairs of socks, 3 dozen bandages, 1 doz. handkerchiefs, 4 lbs. absorbent. The Circle completed the box yesterday by the addition of: 300 machine rolled bandages, 100 gauze and absorbent dressings in cases, …  350 mouth cloths (contributed by Trent Road Circle) 19 triangular bandages. …

The box will be sent from the Red Cross and Patriotic Association of Belleville to the Toronto University Hospital. Mrs. S.D. Lazier, Convenor.”



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100 Years Ago: Thomas Broad Killed in Action, 39th Battalion Parade, Collection Fraud, King and Queen Visit Tom Yateman

The Intelligencer June 18, 1915 (page 1)

“Hastings Boy Killed in Action. The Death Is Officially Reported of Pte. Thos. Broad, Rimington. The following is a copy of the telegram received by Mr. Thos. Broad, Rimington, from Ottawa, informing him of the death of his son: Ottawa, Ont., June 9, 1915. To Thos. Broad, Rimington, Ont, Via Madoc,—Deeply regret to inform you 12681 Private Thomas Broad, 5th Battalion, officially reported killed in action. Adj.-General.”

[Note: Private Thomas Carlisle Broad died on May 24, 1915. He is commemorated on Page 6 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer June 18, 1915 (page 1)

“39th Battalion Parade Before County Council. In honor of the County

The 39th Battalion marches south down Front Street from Bridge Street East in 1915.

The 39th Battalion marches south down Front Street from Bridge Street East in 1915.

Council and their action in granting $1,000 to the regimental fund of the 39th Battalion, the battalion paraded this morning in full strength, under command of Col. Preston. The soldiers presented a fine appearance and in their march past in front of the City Hall they were liberally applauded by the members of the Council and friends upon their soldierly appearance.

The battalion then paraded to the spacious lawn in front of the Armouries where they were drawn up in review order, with the colors recently presented to them. Col. Preston, commanding officer, said on behalf of the men that he was pleased to welcome the Warden of Hastings County and the members of the County Council. …  The money donated would be expended for the comfort of the men of the battalion, who were going to the front.

Warden Ketcheson addressed the battalion and expressed his pleasure on behalf of the County Council for the fine parade. All were proud of the 39th Battalion, who were going to the front to uphold the traditions of our forefathers, who did noble service for the Empire of which we form a part.”

The Intelligencer June 18, 1915 (page 1)

“Collection Fraud. Public Warned. School Children are Collecting for Imaginary Cots. Information has reached The Intelligencer that several children—who claim that they belong to one of the ward schools—have been collecting subscriptions for the purpose of providing cots for invalided soldiers in the residence of Mr. W.B. Northrup, which he has offered as a convalescent home.

The Chairman of the Board of Education states that no permission has been given the children to make these collections. Mr. Northrup also disclaims having given any authority for a collection to be made, and says the Government has thousands of cots.”

The Intelligencer June 18, 1915 (page 2)

“Mrs. Yateman, 82 Mill street, has received the following letters concerning her son, Tom, who has been wounded and is lying at Aldershot: London, N.E., May 31. My Dear Lylin and Walter—Nellie went to see Tom yesterday and he seems to be just the same. He is in no pain whatever, which is a blessing, and just wants to doze on and off. As I told you before he can have anything he wants, but it is very little he does want. Poor, dear boy, he is so very patient. He sends his love to you all.

We know this must be a great worry to you and we do think of you so much, but he is in God’s hands and perhaps it is well he is lying there in peace, better than some of the gas cases that are in that same hospital, gasping for breath, and some in such awful pain. But rest assured he can feel nothing of his wounds. Cheer up, leave him in the Almighty’s hands, and all will be right some day.

London, Eng. June 3. Dear Walter and Lylin:—I am glad to tell you that I have again visited poor Tom at Aldershot to-day. We found him much about the same, if anything a bit brighter in his conversation. We had a good hour’s quiet chat about everything. He showed us a book of views of Belleville, which he has just received by post, and pointed out all the spots of interest; one in particular, the river which runs at the back of your home.

He appears very hopeful of recovery and reckons to come to our home soon to play me billiards. He, of course, poor lad, does not know how bad he really is and is quite ignorant of the serious view the doctors at the hospital look upon his case.

King George V and Queen Mary

King George V and Queen Mary

He had the most distinguished visitors recently to wish him a speedy recovery. No less a personage than His Majesty the King. He spoke very kindly to him and said how proud he was of the Canadians and their bravery. I forgot to mention that the Queen also accompanied His Majesty and spoke cheerfully to him. …  Hoping all of you are well. With love from Amy and children. Yours faithfully, Herbert.”


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