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100 Years Ago: Two Local Soldiers Wounded, 39th Battalion Volunteers Selected

The Intelligencer May 5, 1915 (page 1)

“Wounded at The Front. Another Belleville Boy to be Included in List of Wounded. Mr. Frederick Slater, of 42 North Front Street has received word that his son, Lance Corp. F.E. Slater, of A Co., Q.O.R., has been wounded at the front. The following is the official notice:—’Sincerely regret to inform you Lance-Corp. Frederick Edgar Slater, 3rd Battalion, officially reported wounded. Further particulars when received will be sent you. Adjutant General.”

[Note: Q.O.R. = Queen’s Own Rifles.]

The Intelligencer May 5, 1915 (page 1)

“One More Local Soldier Wounded. Mrs. Chas. Gatcum, of Canifton, received the following telegram, this afternoon: Sincerely regret to inform you that 1401 Gunner Chas. Gatcum, 1st Brigade, 2nd Artillery, Canadian Field Artillery reported wounded. Further particulars when received will be sent you. Adjutant General.”

The Intelligencer May 5, 1915 (page 1)

“Overseas Contingent Awaiting Orders. Names of Officers and Men of the 39th Battalion Who Have Been Selected to go to the Front at Once. Five officers and 250 men of 39th Battalion stationed in this city are prepared at a moment’s notice to leave here for oversea service. They are a fine body of men and there is not the slightest doubt that they will follow the example of the Canadians of the First Contingent, who shed lustre upon their country.”